Kenwood Christmas Menu: An alternative mince pie

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If you want the snowflake cutters, they’re by PME – you can buy them here

I’m really excited to tell you that for the next 4 weeks, along with 4 other bloggers, I will be blogging about Christmas food using the Kenwood Chef Titanium! It’s a pretty awesome piece of kit – not only is it a stand mixer, there’s also a food processor and blender attachment. I’ll be trying each of the bits of the next few weeks and introduce you to some great new recipe ideas for the festive season ahead! Along for the ride are some bloggers that if you don’t know already, you should go and have a read of their blogs – links at the bottom of this post!

This week’s theme is “Getting ready” – our favourite treats in the lead up to Christmas. I have a confession to make. I hate mincemeat. I have tried to eat them every year but the result is still the same. So this year I got to thinking about making an alternative mince pie. One that I’d actually like. One that would embody all the smells and flavours of Christmas but wasn’t filled with mincemeat.

Enter the alternative mince pie. It’s apples mixed with a hint of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Add to that some caramelised toasted pecans and a handful of cranberries, wrapped in an all butter shortcrust pastry and bob’s your uncle. They are so delicious fresh out oven and warm, but they’re also great cold – maybe even with a drizzle of brandy butter? I used a snowflake cutter for the top but of course you could you use any shape you like, or go for a more traditional circular top.

It’s all a complete doddle with the Kenwood Chef Titanium food processor attachment – had them done in no time! Even the pastry was simple (and I’m not the greatest at pastry!)

Kenwood Chef titanium using food processor

First we pulse the butter and flour together in the food processor until it looks like breadcrumbs. Then add the cold water and process until the mixture comes together in a dough ball. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge.

Pastry made

Soak the cranberries in some hot water. Toast the pecans, then empty the pan. Make caramel and then coat the pecans in the caramel…try not to eat them. I didn’t test them at all. Nope, not me…

Hydrate cranberries and caramelise pecans

Peel, quarter and core the apple and place in the food processor. Add the caramelised pecans. Pulse.

Blend apples and pecans

Stir in the spices, strained cranberries, sugar and lemon juice.

Alternative mince pies - add cranberries and spices to the apple

Roll out the pastry and cut out the bases. Fill with a spoonful of mixture and place a pastry top on. Wash with egg milk wash then bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

Put mince pies together

Sprinkle with icing sugar if you like…

Alternative mince pies dusted with icing sugar

Makes 18 mince pies

Ingredients

N.B. Pastry recipe from Peyton & Byrne

For the pastry

  • 220g plain flour
  • 100g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3tbsp cold water

For the filling

  • 2 cooking apples
  • 30g cranberries
  • 60g pecans
  • 40g + 3tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • ½tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 beaten egg + a splash of milk for a wash

Instructions

  1. Place the flour and butter in the Kenwood Chef Titanium food processor attachment. Pulse until the mixture ressembles breadcrumbs. Then add the cold water and blend until the mixture forms a dough ball. Wrap it up in cling film, and chill it in the fridge for at least half an hour. Wash out the food processor bowl.
  2. Whilst the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Grease 2 bun trays. Place the cranberries in a ramekin and pour over some boiling water to soften them.
  3. Toast the pecans over a medium heat for a few minutes then place on a plate. In the same pan, take the 3tbsp of golden caster sugar and spread out over the pan. The sugar will caramelise – do not stir, do not turn up the heat! Wait until nearly all the sugar crystals have gone then tip the pan gently to swirl the caramel around. TOss the pecans in the caramel to cover. Tip back onto the plate and allow to cool.
  4. Peel the apples, slice into 4 and remove the core. If the pecans are stuck together, break into a few pieces and place all of this in the food processor. Pulse until it’s blended – I made mine quite fine but it’s really up to you if you like it more chunky!
  5. Drain the cranberries.
  6. Remove the blade then stir in the remaining sugar, cranberries, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  7. Roll out the pastry and cut out 18 circles a bit larger than the holes of your bun tray. Cut out 18 tops with your cutter.
  8. Place the large circles in each of the tray holes, then spoon about a teaspoonful of filling into each and top with the final pastry piece. Brush with the egg milk wash.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden. Cool on a wire rack.

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This is a sponsored post. Kenwood provided me with a Kenwood Chef Titanium.

Comments

  1. says

    OH yes Becs! I have those snowflake cutters and I LOVE them, they do make those mince pies looks so festive and seasonal! Great first post for our Kenwood Christmas Menu! Karen

  2. says

    You see this is why I read your blog…. I hate mincemeat too! Every year, I also try a mince pie…trying to force myself to like them….but I don’t :-(

    I love the sound of this recipe. Going to try and make some so I can actually eat some “mince pies” this year x

  3. says

    Wow lucky you! It looks amazing – especially the food processing bit – I need one of those!

    After lots and lots of years of hating them, I actually quite like mince pies now; warm, with lots of cream but I’m sold on your alternative mince pies – they look amazing! To be honest, you can get me to eat pretty much anything that contains caramelised nuts ;p

  4. says

    I have pinned this recipe in the hopes of making it for my family! I think it may be the recipe to inspire me to give gluten free pastry a go! Thank you.

  5. Mr Turner says

    A former colleague went on a cookery course at the local college: the woman leading the course was a food researcher for Sainsbury’s, and everyweek they would be given a list of instructions to bring SAINSBURY’S this and SAINSBURY’S that for next weeks recipe.

    Everybody got so fed up that on the last week they all took in Tesco produce. At least the woman recognised her mistake – ‘have I been going on a bit about Sainsburys ?’.

    With that in mind, I may well make these, but will have to use my MAGIMIX instead.

  6. Di Rayburn says

    I recently bought a Kenwood processor thinking because it was Kenwood I’d be getting a brilliant piece of machinery…But it’s rubbish… Can’t cope with making sourdough bread into crumbs or chop up nuts small enough. It’s also extremely noisy and vibrates far more than it should. I wish I could afford to replace it.

    • Becs says

      Hi Di, the one on top of the Titanium Chef is fantastic – makes perfect breadcrumbs and shreds even the smallest amount of herbs really finely. I love my bit of kit!

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