Baking With Becca – Vegan Mince Pies

Nothing screams Christmas like a mince pie.

On my venture to use as little animal related products as possible, I decided to give my hand a go at making vegan pastry for my mince pies this year.

I did a lot of research into recipes online and many of them included Vodka with the recipe – something which I decided not to go for, purely because I wouldn’t want to waste such a thing. So here is my recipe for the perfect mince pie pastry – all you need is the mincemeat.

I N G R E D I E N T S (makes 16)

250g plain flour
100g coconut oil – extra cold
½ tsp sea salt
80g caster sugar
7 – 10 tbsp of ice cold water
280g mincemeat – of your choice
Some plant based milk for glazing your pies
Icing sugar for dusting

M E T H O D 

  1. Take the mould for your mince pies and put them in the fridge to ensure they’re cold.
  2. Add the flour, salt, coconut oil and sugar to a food processor and blend together until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Next, start adding the water one tablespoon at a time until the mixture starts to ball up as the blade goes round. At this point, stop the food processor and take the mixture out.
  4. To test that the mixture is ready to roll, see if you can squeeze it together without it crumbling. It should be a true dough mixture. If not – pop back in the processor and add another tablespoon of water until you reach a true dough.
  5. Bring the dough together onto a floured surface and roll it out until it’s about 2-3mm thick.
  6. Cut out your pie shapes using an item/cutter that will fit your mould. It may be that using a jar lid may work best.
  7. Once you’ve placed these into the moulds, add mincemeat to come level with the top of the pie.
  8. Then add the lids, or if you wish shapes of your choice (such as stars/christmas trees) and brush with the milk to stick together and also on the top tpo give that gorgeous golden bake.
  9. Pop your trays with the mince pies back into the fridge whilst heating your oven to 220 degrees.
  10. Once the temperature is reached, put your mince pies in the oven for around 20-22 minutes.
  11. Take the pies out of the oven and immediately take them out of the moulds and place them on the cooling rack.
  12. Enjoy warm or cool – either way, I can guarantee they’ll be enjoyed.

What’s your favourite christmas dessert?

Love, always.


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