Did you know you can make Mince Pies in your Thermomix? I did not, that is why I totally fell in love with this recipe for Pear Fruit Mince Pies!
Mince pies are small British sweet pies. A Christmas crumbly and fruity pie, a popular seasonal treat enjoyed by many across the United Kingdom and not only there. It wouldn't be Christmas without at least one Mince Pie!
Originally, it was a savoury pie made of a mixture of minced meat, suet, fruits and various spices and it was known as mutton pie, shrid pie or Christmas pie.
Their preparation involves the traditional mincemeat, a mixture of chopped dried fruits, beef suet and spices. Many modern recipes though do not contain suet but a vegetable shortening that makes a vegetarian version of mincemeat. Anyway this recipe does not include any shortening.
I don't know about you but I have lots of pears at home at the moment so it was a real pleasure to use some of them to prepare these pies. Pear adds a special sweetness to them. I love their taste.
This recipe has been sent by Rebecca Nutley from NSW Australia who kindly transcribed it for me. In fact this recipe is from "Thermomix Festive Season 2008" from Thermomix in Australia but I changed some things as I did not have some of the ingredients!
However I must say it was delicious the same! I also avoided brandy because I wanted my children to eat them too.
I've found some interesting curiosities about mince pies but I would also like to know from you about your own traditions! Would you like to tell me any of them? :-)
One of the traditions I've read is you must mix mincemeat clockwise as stirring it anticlockwise is to bring bad luck for the coming year.
Well, unfortunately this Thermomix recipe does use the reverse setting. Will you try to prepare mince pies the same? :-)
If you have got any suggestions I would be very happy to add them to this page! Everyone's advice is welcome! :-)
Ingredients- 1 quantity of "Almond Pastry" from Everyday Cooking Cookbook
- 1 Orange Zest
- 750 g Pears, peeled, cored and chopped
- 250 g Sugar
- 100 g Raisins
- 130 g Currants
- 50 g Chopped Glace Ginger
- 60 g Flaked Almonds
- 1 Lemon Juice (20-25g)
- 1 Orange Juice (65-75g)
- 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground Cloves
- 1 tsp ground Nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground Cardamom
- 1 Egg
How to prepare Pear Fruit Mince PiesPlace orange zest into TM bowl and mince for 10 Sec. Speed 7.
Add pears and sugar and chop. 2-3 Sec. Speed 6.
Add remaining ingredients (except egg) and cook at35 Min. Varoma Temperature Reverse Speed 1.
Cool slightly and set aside.
Roll pastry into large flan tin or press into smaller tart cases. Top with fruity pear mince and stars of almond pastry. Brush with a little beaten egg.
Cook in hot oven at 200°C for 10 Min. for small pies or 20 Min. for one larger pie.
Cool and dust with icing sugar.
How to prepare Pear Fruit Mince Pies without Thermomixwww.waitrose.com
Translated from the Italian recipe
Tartellette di Frutta Bimby: Ricetta delle Mince Pies di Natale