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Mincemeat Slices    CD  HT  CBF  DP   British  50mins

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Ingredients:

200g/7oz Self Raising Flour

1 level teasp. Salt

100g/4oz Margarine, cubed

100g/4oz Sugar

1 Egg, beaten

1-2 tbsp Milk

3-4 tbsp Mincemeat

1 Cooking Apple, grated

1 tbsp Demerara Sugar

 

Instructions

 

1. Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas mark 5 and grease a baking sheet. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl add the margarine and rub it into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs then stir in the sugar .

 

2. Add the egg, 1 tablespoon at a time until it begins to stick together adding some of the milk if necessary. Using one hand, collect the mixture together and knead lightly to form a fairly soft dough.

 

3. Divide into two equal pieces. Place one piece on a floured board and roll out into a 20cm/8inch square, 1cm/1/2inch thick and place on the greased baking sheet.

 

4. Spread with the mincemeat and sprinkle the apple evenly over the top.

 

5. Roll out the remaining dough into another 20cm/8 inch square, 1cm/1/2inch thick and use to cover apple with this. Dampen the edges of both pieces of dough and press firmly together. Brush with milk, sprinkle with Demerara sugar and bake towards top of oven for 20 minutes, or until golden.

Serve hot with Custard or Brandy Butter as a dessert, or cold at tea time. Traditionally served at  Christmas or Easter.

 

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