So one of the few foods Toni doesn’t like, most of which seem to fall into “seasonal”, is Mince Pies. To counter this, over the holidays I decided to try and come up with a mince pie recipe that she’d like, but still remained reasonably festive. I present you, mince lies!
Look like mince pies, don’t they? Well, they pretty much are, it’s only the filling that’s a bit different. Instead of a typical mincemeat recipe, I made my own filling, recipe below:
- 3 Cooking Apples, chopped into 1cm cubes (ish)
- 70g cranberries
- 6 Stem Ginger Balls, grated roughly
- 2 Tbsp Stem Ginger syrup
- 2 Tsp Mixed Spice
Basically, chuck all of the ingredients in a pan, keep stirring and simmer until most of the apple turns to mush (you still want a couple of chunks leftover for texture though). Then, use it like pretty much any other mincemeat, make (or buy) your pastry, add the filling and bake them.
Despite the main base being apple, these don’t taste like apple pies at all. You get a very warm sensation from them due to the ginger and the overall experience is very mince pie like without having quite the same flavours. Toni likes them, so mission accomplished!