Mince Pies

Another of our family Christmas rituals is making the mince pies. Mum has talked a bit about this on her blog, and here is the recipe, with illustrations.

(makes two dozen)
the mince
100g currants
100g raisins
100g sultanas
50g dates, chopped
50g slivered or flaked almonds
1 ripe banana
4 tsp brandy
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
50g candied peel
juice and rind of 1 lemon
Mix it all together. (complicated, huh?)
Every member of the family has to have a stir:
Well, almost every member:
the pastry
450g self raising flour
225g grated butter
pinch salt
1 large egg
50g soft brown sugar
milk to mix
Mix flour and salt, rub in grated butter, stir in sugar. Make a hollow, and put in the slightly beaten egg with a tbsp of milk. Mix to make a pliable dough, then roll out onto a floured surface to .5cm thickness.

Cut out round circles for the bottom and either lids or stars for the tops, and use the bottom circles to line a greased tart or mini-muffin tray.
Add mince and tops:

Bake at 200 degrees celsius for 13 mins in a fan-forced oven, or 20 mins in a normal oven. Dust with icing sugar when cool:
Om nom nom, etc: