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Frangipane Mince Pies

Posted on: November 21st, 2016 by Harriet Low 2 Comments

1. Make the filling by mixing all the ingredients together. Cover and leave to macerate for a few hours or overnight.

2. To make the pastry, stir the flour and ground almonds together in a large bowl. Rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar. Gradually add the eggs and work the mixture until it forms a soft dough.

3. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form a ball. Flatten with your fingers into a disc and wrap in cling film. Chill for at least 3 hours before using.

4. Pre-heat your oven to 200°C. Grease a 12 hole bun tray with butter.

5. Roll out the pastry to a thickness of 3mm. If the pastry breaks or sticks, just press back together and re-roll. Stamp out 12 discs using a 10cm pastry cutter. Use these to line the prepared tin.

6. Make the frangipane by beating together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour and mix well. Add the beaten eggs and stir until fully incorporated. Stir in the almonds.

7. Put 1½ tsp of the mincemeat filling into the pastry cases. Don’t over fill as the mixture can leak when cooked. Pipe or spoon the frangipane over the mincemeat. Scatter the flaked almonds over each pie. Bake for 20 minutes until the topping is risen golden and set.

6. Carefully remove the mince pies from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold, dusted with icing sugar.

More City Bakes

Posted on: November 10th, 2016 by Harriet Low No Comments

Sorry it’s been a while since I last updated my blog. But as you all know it’s been a very busy few months.

I hope that you guys enjoyed Bake Off and were pleased to see the fabulous Candice be crowned Bake Off Winner 2016. She really was an incredible contestant and a worthy winner, I look forward to seeing what she does next.

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been lucky enough to have been travelling all over the place recently filming my new series of City Bakes for The Food Network. If you watched the last series you will know that the programme sees me travelling to cities round the world, meeting and learning from some truly brilliant local bakers. It’s really such a fantastic project to be involved with and I can’t wait to share it with you next Spring. Keep an eye on my Facebook page for details of when this show will air.

I want to thank everyone who has sent me such kind messages about my new ready mixes range. The feedback has been brilliant and I am glad you are all enjoying them all, (sounds like my gooey brownie mix is particularly popular). Keep sending me pics of your bakes and tag them with #hollywoodbakes on social media.

I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas, can you? But with this chilly weather it definitely feels like time to bake a batch of mince pies and cosy up in front of the fire! Check out the recipe section of my website for my classic mince pies recipe and my indulgent frangipane mince pies. There are also a few Christmas Cake recipes: my classic cake, my White Christmas Cake which is a bit lighter, a chocolate brownie version for those that aren’t keen on the traditional option and of course my decadent Christmas Log.  

I’m really proud of my new bakeware range and delighted that you all like it as much as I do. I’ve used my years of baking expertise to help design a range that includes all of the pieces that I love to use at home, including miniature bakeware, proving baskets and some fantastic accessories. If you haven’t had the chance to yet, take a look at the full range here. It would make a great a christmas present!

If you are looking for Christmas gifts for a baking-mad friend why not have a look at my new range of bakeware from Kitchencraft. I have designed all the pieces that I love to use at home, including miniture bakeware, proving baskets and some fantastic accessories. For full details of this range click here

As usual for me Autumn means lots of baking shows, which I love. It’s great to bake live and meet all you lovely bakers in person. At the end of November I will be at the Good Food Show Winter in Birmingham. If you are going to be there too, please do come and say hi.

Happy Baking!