Vegan mince pies mean everyone gets a chance to enjoy them (these are also gluten-free). Here is how to make them:
What is a mince pie?
According to Wikipedia a mince pie is …
A mince pie (also mincemeat pie in New England, and fruit mince pie in Australia and New Zealand) is a sweet pie of English origin, filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called “mincemeat”, that is traditionally served during the Christmas season in much of the English-speaking world. Its ingredients are traceable to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meats, fruits and spices; these contained the Christian symbolism of representing the gifts delivered to Jesus by the Biblical Magi.
Vegan Mince Pies – For the filling
2 apples (200g)
2 tsp vanilla essence
Juice of 2 oranges
tbsp coconut oil
1½ tsp cinnamon
1½ tsp ground ginger
Vegan Mince Pies -For the crust
375g ground almonds
5 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp water
How to make vegan Mince Pies
Core and chop the apples into small pieces.Place in a large saucepan
.Add the remaining filling ingredients and stir together.
Let the mince simmer and stew gently for about 30 minutes, until the apples are softened.
Place all the crust ingredients in a food processor.
Process for a minute or so until everything has blended together.
Sprinkle a gluten-free flour over work surface and roll the mix out so that it’s about ½cm thick.
Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4
Grease some muffin tins with coconut oil and then mould the mix into the individual tins.
Cut the remaining mixture into star shapes using a cutter.
Place the tray of crust sin the oven for 8 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown.
Remove and allow to cool.
Start assembling the pies.
Put two heaped tsp of mince into each pie before placing a star over the middle of the mince.
Bake the pies again for 8 minutes.
Allow to cool before scoffing
Vegetarian for Life (VfL) is the leading authority on diet and healthy living advice for older vegans and vegetarians. Have a look here for more of their fabulous festive recipes