Gluten Free Mince Pies and Mulled Wine | Gary McKeating

If you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit, then there’s nothing quite like a homemade mince pie served up with a glass of warm mulled wine. These mince pies are slightly different in that they are Gluten Free (good for your gut) but are just as equally tasty.

 

Gluten Free Mince Pies

Ingredients

For the Mince Pies:

  • 100g raisins
  • 100g sultanas
  • 100g currants
  • 50g cherries
  • 50g ground almonds
  • ¼ tsp Ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ Chopped, not peeled cooking apple
  • 1 lemon, cut and cubed with skin on.
  • 1 orange, cut and cubed with skin on.
  • 125ml brandy – Whiskey can be used but is a little stronger in the flavouring.
  • 125ml Port.

 

For the Pastry:

  • 375g gluten-free and wheat-free flour with xanthan gum.
  • 150g butter.
  • Some Caster Sugar to serve.

 

Process:GF mince pies

Mix the first 9 ingredients together (spices and Fruits) in a mixing bowl.

Blend the lemon, orange and apple into a purée.

Mix the puree in with the port, brandy and add to the mixing bowl. Mix well and store in the refrigerator overnight.

For the pastry, mix the gluten free and the wheat-free flour with xanthan gum and sieve into a mixing bowl. Add the butter in small pieces and knead it together until it forms a crumby texture.

Add ¼ cup of cold water. Knead and Mix to a dough until it forms a sturdy ball.

Put it in fridge for 30 – 60 mins.

Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Each oven is different so make sure to keep an eye no matter what. Grease and sprinkle flour on your pie tins.

Roll the pastry to an even thickness. Cut out circles with your cutter and push into your pie tins. Push the pastry up the tins forming a mini bowl.

Spread the mixture into each pie.

Roll lids with the rest of the pastry and top each pie. Make sure to dampen the edges of the pastry and mould together using the tips of your fingers.

Cook for 15/20 minutes. Make sure pies are lightly browned and the pastry fully cooked.

Sprinkle with Caster sugar.

Serve warm with Mulled Wine. And for the mulled wine here is a simple recipe.

 

 

Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle red wine – I like to use a Chilean merlot that is cheap and cheerful from Aldi.
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1 lemon – thick slices
  • 1 orange – halved
  • Cloves

 

Process:

First put the cloves into the slices of lemon and orange.

Now put the red wine in a saucepan with the orange, lemon, sugar, cinnamon sticks and the nutmeg.

Simmer gently until the sugar has all dissolved.

Serve.