The first time I had a taste of mince pie was when I first arrived in the UK. At first I thought I am being offered something with mincemeat, but was presently surprised to discover that mince pie is actually a traditional Christmas treat made with pastry and filled with dried fruit and spices. Little did I know that 10 years later I would be inventing my own healthy and clean mince pies recipe.
I think by now you gather that I like quick recipes, not that I am lazy (maybe a bit) but with work, family and gym there isn’t enough spare time for long winded recipes with loads of ingredients. We have very similar pies in the Czech Republic (my homeland) and I remember that we often add cream to the pastry to make it more light, creamy and to give a finer crumb.
Clean mince pies recipe
Today instead of traditional cream I am adding Provamel soya yogurt. Make sure you don’t skip this step, your taste buds will thank you later. With regards to the dried fruit use whatever you have in your cupboards, no need to go to the shops and spend lots on the exact ingredients. Just ensure you stick to the measurements and I have added zero sugar, there is no need for it. Raisins are naturally sweet and most cranberries have sugar added anyway. Also you will see in the recipe I added cinnamon to the crust, just to make it more yummy. Ready to get Christmassy? Let’s do this!
- 1 ½ cup spelt flour
- 1 cup coconut oil (not melted)
- 1 chia egg (3tbsp water mixed with 1 tbsp chia seeds, let sit for 10 mins)
- 1 heaped tbsp Provamel soya yogurt (or any other yogurt)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 apple, grated
- Juice and zest from orange
- 1 cup raisins
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup dried mulberries
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground clove
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- Optional: Drizzle of maple syrup
- In a bowl mix flour, coconut oil, yogurt and chia eggs until you get a smooth firm dough. Wrap it in plastic wrap and leave in the fridge for about 30 minutes to rest.
- Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Place all the filling ingredients in the pan with a little bit of water and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and if not sweet enough add a touch of your favourite sweetener. Remove from the fire and let it cool down.
- Next take the dough, leave a small bit of the dough on the side to create the star shapes to put on the top.
- Grease your mince pie tray (or muffins tray) and form the dough into balls. Press each ball in the mould making sure all the edges are of the same height
- Divide the filling equally and place in the moulds so it reaches just below the edge of the mould. Take the dough bit you left for the star, roll it out, then cut out your stars and place the tops lightly on the mincemeat.
- Pop in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until slightly brown
These clean mince pies are delicious served hot or cold. They will keep in an airtight container, preferably in the fridge for 3 days, or they can be frozen. To enjoy them the most warm them for a few seconds in the microwave before serving.