Hey guys!

We are back again for another mid-week mood saving recipe! Mince Pie style 😋

This simple Avenue recipe packs a punch and will save you from those lazy Wednesday “Why can’t it just be Christmas now!” kinda vibes. Don’t worry, we know everyone can get a little fed up with the winter weather and I’m sure we aren’t the only ones with frozen toes! Brrrrr…

So we thought… “what better way to lighten those festive spirits than by sharing an all-time favourite recipe” – Mince Pies! It’s not long ’till Christmas and these little festive pockets of fruity love will really get you in the mood. Avenue-style of course. We love hearing what you guys think about our recipes and how you get on, so don’t forget to tag/tweet/email us any creations! Anyway, let’s carry on with the good stuff…

Mince Pies
(makes 14)

Ingredients: 

Mincemeat:
110g cooking apples peeled, cored and finely chopped
55g shredded suet
85g raisins
55g sultanas
45g currants
45g whole mixed peel
90g soft brown sugar
grated zest and juice of ½ an orange
grated zest and juice of ½ a lemon
15g almonds chopped roughly
1 tsp mixed spice
½ tsp cinnamon
a grating of nutmeg
35ml brandy
Extras:
pack of shortcrust pastry

Method:

Put everything into the saucepan, except the brandy, and bring to the boil stirring well.

Take off the heat and add the brandy. Let cool.

Pre-heat the oven to 180C.

Roll out the pastry to under a £1piece thickness and use 2 pastry cutters to cut firstly the larger circle for the bottom and another circle or star for the top of the mince pies.  Push the bigger circle into a cupcake tray and fill with mincemeat. Top with a smaller circle or shape of your choice.

Cook for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a rack.

Enjoy 😊

Ps… You can either make your shortcrust pastry or buy it. We’ve found generally if you make the pastry yourself it’s so short it breaks up when stored in tins! Crazy advice from a cookery school I know…😝

If you’re an Avenue student and have attended one of our recent classes, you’ll know we love a mince pie (or 10). We’ve tried and tested this recipes hundreds of times to ensure the perfect pie. BUT, we want to hear your recipes ideas – let us know if you’ve had a crack at this recipe and perhaps incorporated your own twist… we’d love to give it a shot!

We’ve got a very special announcement today…

Today marks the start of our 12 Days of Christmas Countdown Giveaway! It really isn’t one to miss so head over to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram now and see what the first of MANY prizes is…

Have a lovely week and don’t forget to check out our other recipes!