Minty (Mince) pies

Mince pies, known as Minty pies in our house since Alice’s attempt to pronounce their name at the tender age of 20 months, are one of Alice’s favourite Christmas bakes. I like to make my own sweet shortcrust pastry, using a diabetic-sugar-substitute in place of castor sugar. I didn’t have my rolling pin handy, so had to use a (disappointingly empty) wine bottle to roll out the dough. If baking for adults I like to spike in a tot of brandy to the mince mix, but as I was baking for Alice in this instance I left it out. Brush the pastry with egg wash to make the pies bake into a lovely golden brown colour, and then dust with a powdered-sugar-substitute and serve warm with cream. Merry Christmas!

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