For us, mince pies are the taste of Christmas. I don’t even like them, if truth is to be told, but they are so evocative of Christmas that I couldn’t resist making my cheat’s version (as I am unable to buy mince or suet where I am).
1 portion shortcrust or puff pastry
4 oz sultanas
4 oz currants
4 oz brown sugar
Grated rind of 1/2 an orange and 1/2 a lemon
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 tbsp brandy
Apricot jam (for the pastry)
Mix the ingredients and allow to soak overnight. Roll the pastry and cut into tiny cups. Brush with warmed and sieved apricot jam. Spoon the soaked mince meat into the cups. You may decorate the cups with left0ver pastry. Brush with milk and sprinkle with brown sugar.
Bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees) until browned.
They are very more-ish!