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.
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!