Naughty or Nice Mince Pie Recipe!

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Have you been naughty or nice this year? Well, you may wish you'd been a little bit more naughty when you have a taste of these mince pies! The nice pies are beautifully traditional and everyone will enjoy them while the naughty pies have a devilish secret, they are laced with brandy! Well, it is Christmas after all!

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To make my Naughty or Nice Mince Pies you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • Pinch on salt
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • Small amount of warm water if mix is too dry
  • 1 jar of mincemeat
  • 1/4 cup of brandy
  • Milk for top of pies
  • Set of baking letter stamps
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Preheat the oven to 180c. To make the pastry add the flour, icing sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl and mix. Then add the butter and mix using your finger tips to make a breadcrumb like texture. Add a drop of water if the mix is too dry until you can knead your pastry into a smooth ball. Your ready to roll out and cut out your pies using a cookie cutter. Line the baking tray with butter so the pies don't stick when baking.

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To make the "naughty" mince pie filling just use half the mincemeat from your jar and add 1/4 cup of brandy! Mix and let it stand for about 30 mins so the fruit soaks up all the booze! Leave out the booze  for the "nice" pie filling.   

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Cut out the pie lids using a cookie cutter and with the baking letter stamps stamp out "naughty" and "nice", easy! You may need to practice a bit like I did in the corner of the pastry to make sure you get it right!

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Fill your pies with the "naughty" and "nice" mincemeats and place on the lids according to the filling, try not to mix them up!

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Brush a little milk onto the top of the pies to help them brown. Bake the pies for about 13-15 mins or until golden brown and leave to cool before serving, if you can wait that is!

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Feel free to leave them under the tree for Santa, I can guarantee they will be gone by morning!

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If you still fancy baking check out my other Christmas themed bakes, Chocolate filled Snowflake Biscuits and my Mulled Wine Brownies! 

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