Mince pies are synonymous with Christmas. But for people with a gluten intolerance, they are a festive treat to be avoided.
Knowing that its unfair to miss out on such a delicacy at Christmas time, Deliciously Ella has shared her easy peasy gluten-free mince pie recipe.
This recipe makes 12 mince pies.
You will need
For the mincemeat:
2 apples, cored and chopped into small pieces
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways, seeds only
100g dried cranberries
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
Juice of 2 oranges
1 tbsp coconut oil
For the crust:
400g ground almonds
6 tbsp coconut oil
20 medjool dates (about 400g)
Gluten-free flour for dusting surface
- Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.
- Chop two red apples into small pieces and put in a saucepan along with the seeds from your vanilla pod, raisins, sultanas, cranberries, cinnamon, ginger and a dollop of coconut oil.
- Chop your oranges in half and squeeze the juice from them into the pan.
- Turn on the hob and cook the mince pie filling for about 30 minutes until everything is really soft.
- While the fruit mix cooks, begin to make the crust. Add the ground almonds, dates, coconut oil and some water into a blender and mix together for roughly one minute. It's important that all of the dates are broken down because they help stick the mixture together.
- Sprinkle flour on a board and place the crust mixture on top of it.
- Roll out the pastry until it's roughly 0.5cm thick.
- Use a 10cm pastry cutter to cut circles out of your pastry.
- Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil and add your pastry circles. Then pop them in the oven and bake for eight minutes until they are golden brown.
- While you're waiting for the bases to cook, make small star shapes using the leftover pastry.
- Once the bases have baked, fill them with a large dollop of the fruit mix and add the pastry stars to the top.
- Pop them back in the oven for another eight minutes.
- Take out your mince pies and leave to cool for 20 minutes.