Test your cooking skills this Christmas

2020 has been a strange year for all of us. To bring some festive cheer to your Christmas we've spoken to our chefs and asked them to come up with some festive recipes for you to try at home.

Continuing the theme of mince pies. Bethany at Broad Meadow has another recipe for you to try. This time it's a Mince Pie Brownie.

Prep time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes: 16 squares

Ingredients

  • 185g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 185g high-quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 85g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 275g golden caster sugar
  • 6 mince pies
  • Icing sugar, for dusting

Method

  • Melt the butter and chocolate in medium bowl, over a pan of simmering water. When melted, leave to cool.
  • Pre heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  • Line the base of shallow 20cm square tin with non-stick baking parchment.
  • Sieve flour and cocoa into bowl. Whisk eggs and sugar until thick and creamy.
  • Pour in the cooled chocolate mixture, then fold together gently, until mixture is mottled dark brown.
  • Sift in the cocoa and flour mixture, still folding gently. The mixture will look dry and dusty, then fudgy. Take care you don’t overmix it.
  • Spoon half of the mixture into prepared tin, then add whole mince pies evenly. Cover with the rest of the mixture and level the top. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. If the brownies mix is still too wobbly, bake for further 5-10 minutes, or until the sides are just beginning to come away from the tin.
  • Take out of the oven, and leave to rest. Dust with icing sugar, and cut into 16 squares.

Bethany's Mince Pie Biscuits.

Here's what you'll need

  • 250g unsalted butter, softened
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 free range egg yolk
  • Zest of 1 clementine, or ½ orange
  • 410g jar of mince meat

Method

  • Pre heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/350F/gas 4.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Add the egg yolk, clementine/orange zest and beat again to combine.
  • Sift in the flour and stir until the mixture starts to come together, add most of the mince meat and fold through; push it into a dough.
  • Line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof baking parchment. Pull small clumps of dough, place them evenly on baking trays, and press down slightly to shape.
  • Add small amount of mince meat on top of each cookie, then put them in the oven for about 10 minutes, until golden on the outside, but still a bit doughy in the middle.

TIP: You can also freeze some, then pop them in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes, whenever you need them.

Paula's Mince Pies

Here are all the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe;

  • 350g/12oz high quality mincemeat, preferably homemade
  • 200g/7oz plain flour, sifted
  • 40g/1½oz golden caster sugar
  • 75g/2¾oz ground almonds
  • 125g/4½oz unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten
  • Milk to glaze your Mince Pies

Method

Place the flour, sugar, almonds and butter in a food processor and briefly process until resembling fine breadcrumbs, then slowly add the egg bringing the mixture together.

Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 1 hr.

Roll out to the thickness of a £1 coin and cut out circles with fluted cutter and place in prepared cake tin, fill the pastry with mincemeat, cover with another circle, make a small slit on top of the pastry and brush with milk.

Bake in the oven for 20 mins at 200c / 180 fan / gas no.6

Then enjoy

We'd love to see you attempts at making mince pies, simply add a picture into the comment section on our Facebook post.

11th December 2020 | 2020