My two children like mincemeat, but I know plenty of children and adults who don't. Here is yummy alternative to a traditional mince pie that is very easy for cooking with toddlers or children. I've shown the recipe to make just 4 pies, which suits toddler attention spans. Multiply if you'd like to make more.
Apple & Chocolate Mince Pies (makes 4)
What you need
- 130g sweet shortcrust pastry (recipe below or buy)
- 1/2 small apple
- 1/2 tbsp raisins
- 1/2 tbsp currants
- 1/2 tbsp dried cranberries
- 1/2 tbsp mixed peel
- 1/2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 tbsp golden syrup
- 1 tsp milk (optional)
- Grate the apple.
- Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
- Put a sheet of clingfilm onto the surface they will roll out on.
Allergy Notes - Gluten: make pastry with gluten-free flour, Dairy: use dairy free spread for pastry, dairy free chocolate (or leave out), brush with beaten egg instead of milk or don't brush tops.
1. Put the pastry onto the cling film. Put another sheet of cling film on top. Then roll it out.
2. Cut out 4 circles and 4 stars. Put the circles into the baking pan.
3. Put the grated apple, raisins, currants, cranberries, mixed peel, chocolate chips and golden syrup into the bowl and mix.
4. Use a teaspoon to fill each circle with filling.
5. Put a star on top of each pie.
6. Use a pastry brush to paint a little milk on the top of each pie.
Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes. If you want, you can dust some icing sugar on the top. You can keep the finished pies in a tin. If you want them warm, put the number you need back in the oven for a few minutes to serve.
Tickle Fingers Tip
Don't throw out the spare scraps of pastry. Give them a few cutters, a table knife and a fork and let them play with it. You could even bake their creations. Playdough they can actually eat!
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