We are relishing these rare days of snow in Georgia with 12″ of fluffy white fun falling in Atlanta this weekend! Our friends and family in Ireland tell us that it’s snowing there also, and we are all dreaming of a white Christmas! -maybe this is the year?
Being Irish, there are certain flavors, smells and traditions associated with Christmas and one of those has to be warm sweet mince pies. Whats not to like about melt in your mouth pastry filled with dried fruits, apples and spices (cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg)? I can follow up with a recipe for homemade sweet mincemeat but for now, please allow me to share a recipe for some of the most delicious pies I have ever tasted (from my dear Irish friend Marian Lynch). Your home will smell wonderful as they are baking in the oven – comforting and delicious
Oh, and you should know, despite the name, there is actually no meat as such in the recipe (but eaten as a traditional part of Christmas from the 16th century, and back then, the ‘meat’ may have just meant the filling part). Today it’s a sweet treat not to be missed this season!
Here’s the recipe
Irish Traditional Mince Pies
- 18 oz all purpose flour
- 2 oz powdered sugar
- ½ cup ground almonds
- 1 tsp salt
- 12 oz unsalted Kerrygold butter)
- 1 large egg yolk (beaten)
- 3-4 Tbsp ice water
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- (mince meat) homemade or bought
How to make them:
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Combine the flour, salt and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Add in the ground almonds. Rub in the butter and margarine until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Blend the egg yolk, lemon juice and the water together and gradually add to the dry ingredients, until just enough to hold together.
- Turn the pastry on to a lightly floured board and knead lightly. Cover the pastry and put aside in the fridge to relax for at least an hour or overnight.
- Roll out the pastry very thin and using a pastry cutter cut in to 2 inch rounds. Spoon 1 tsp of mincemeat on to half the rounds. Brush edges all around with cold water. Place another on top and press edges together. Prick with a fork.
- Bake for about 9 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes and then place mince pies on a cooling rack.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
Judith the Irish foodie