Chocolate mince pies recipe

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makes: 8
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 20 min
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  • The spicy tang of mincemeat combined with a brownie mixture makes these chocolate mince pies unbelievably addictive.

    How could you improve on a delicious fruit-filled mince pie, wrapped in warm pastry? In this case, by adding another of our favourite baked treats on top. This recipe combines mince pies with chocolate brownies for a fabulously decadent, deep-filled pie. We have found this recipe can tempt guests who say they are not fond of mince pies. The spongey chocolate topping is enough to make people want to give them a go. Although this recipe suggests readymade mincemeat and shop-bought pastry, you could make your own using our classic mince pies recipe.

    Ingredients

    • 215g ready made shortcrust pastry
    • 125g ready made mincemeat
    • For the brownie mix
    • 100g dark chocolate
    • 50g unsalted butter
    • 125g caster sugar
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • 1tsp vanilla essence
    • 40g plain flour
    • 30g cocoa powder
    • Zest and juice of one medium orange
    • You will also need:
    • A large scalloped cookie cutter

    Method

    • Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.

    • Grease a muffin tin and cut large circles of pastry with your cookie cutter. Press the circles of pastry gently into the muffin tray and place in the fridge.

    • To make the brownie mix, melt the chocolate in the microwave in short bursts, stirring in between, then allow to cool.

    • In a large bowl, add the sugar to the butter and mix until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the egg, beating after each addition. Add the vanilla essence and orange zest and juice.

    • Stir through the melted chocolate then add the flour and cocoa powder. Stir gently until combined.

    • Remove the pastry rounds from the fridge and spoon a small amount (around 1tsp) of mincemeat to the bottom of each round of pastry. Top the mincemeat with a large spoonful of brownie mix, making sure you don’t fill it right to the top of the pastry.

    • Place in the oven and bake for around 20 mins until the brownie is firm to the touch and the pastry is golden. Serve slightly warm with a little cream.

    Top tips for making chocolate mince pies

    We find the richness of the brownie and mincemeat together is enough of a taste sensation, so you may want to forgo the brandy butter with these particular mince pies. Just add cream instead.

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