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By Nourishing Amy

Chocolate Mince Pies

timerPrep Time: 1 hour plus cooling

groupsServes: 12-14 People

If you love chocolate and you love mince pies, these are perfect. They have a buttery, crisp, and flaky chocolate pastry fill with homemade chocolate studded mincemeat dusted with icing sugar. These mince pies are great warm from the oven or cold served with tea or as a dessert. To warm them back up, pop a mince pie in the oven for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt again.

Ingredients

For the chocolate mincemeat:

1 + ⅛ cup of mixed dried fruits

⅛ cup vegan butter

½ large or 1 small apple, peeled, cored and chopped small

½ cup of orange juice

¼ cup of light brown sugar

½ tsp cinnamon

70g Dark Raspberry Chocolate, chopped small (about 1 bar)

For the chocolate pastry:

1 cup plain flour, plus extra

¼ cup icing sugar, plus extra

½ cup cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

½  cup vegan butter

2-3 tbsp cold water or plant-based milk, plus extra

Method

Step 1

Make the chocolate mincemeat: add the mixed fruits, butter, apple, orange juice, sugar and cinnamon to a saucepan and bring to the boil, allowing the butter to melt. Simmer over a medium-high heat, stirring often for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has ben absorbed and the fruits are glossy. Allow to cool while you make the pastry.

Step 2

For the pastry: add the flour, icing sugar, cacao powder and salt to a blender and pulse to mix. Cube the butter and add to the blender and pulse to form a crumbly mix. Now gradually ad in 2 tbsp of cold water or plant-based milk to reach a sticky, smooth dough. Add more water/milk as needed.

Step 3

Tip out onto a surface and bring to a ball with your hands. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes in the fridge.

Step 4

When ready to make the mince pies, preheat the oven to 320*F and grease 12-14 cupcake holes.

Step 5

Stir the chopped chocolate into the mincemeat (it’s OK if it’s not cold, just cooler).

Step 6

Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the chocolate dough using parchment or more flour on top. Roll the dough to about ½ cm thickness. Cut out 12 or 14 bases and the same number of tops or stars to go on top. You will need to re-roll the pastry a few times to use it all up.

Step 7

Place the base pastry rounds in the tins, fill each with 1 tsp of the chocolate mincemeat, to the brim. Brush the edges with plant-based milk and secure the tops in place. Brush the tops with more milk.

Step 8

Bake for 25-28 minutes or until crisp on top and cooked through.

Step 9

Carefully remove from the tins and enjoy warm or cold with a dusting of icing sugar.

Step 10

Keep the mince pies at room temperature in a sealed container for 3-5 days. Any leftover mincemeat will keep for 5-7 days in the fridge in a sealed jar.

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