Cheats mince pies

Cheats Mince pies

mince pieThis is a recipe I made a few years ago when some unexpected guests arrived one Christmas and I needed to make some mince pies pronto! And your guests will never guess the ‘cheat’ or that they are vegan!

I have pimped up shop bought mincemeat but you can just open a jar and get cracking

So the cheat is to use wholemeal bread instead of pastry.  Its so simple, quick and easy and you can make as many or as few as you need.  I also keep a few frozen slices of wholemeal bread in freezer bags for those surprise visitors.  And 15-20 minutes later they are settled with a homemade mince pie and a cuppa (or something stronger)

One slice will make 2 circles and 2 star tops i.e. 2 complete mince pies.

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My cookery class guests have made these mince pies today along with chocolate truffles and ginger men biscuits.  If you’d like to come to any of my vegan classes then please contact e for more details

 

 

 

So what are you waiting for get rolling!

Makes 6 mince pies

3 slices of wholemeal bread

6 teaspoons (120g) shop bought or homemade mince meat

2 tsps of your favourite tipple (brandy, rum, sherry etc) – Optional

1 cooking or eating apple washed, cored but not peeled

1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice

2 tsps oil

large pinch of sugar

extra cinnamon, mixed spice or nutmeg for dustingpastry cutter for mince pie

1 pastry cutter 3″ or 78mm wide

1 star cutter

1 rolling pin

bun tin

 

Pre-heat the oven 220C/200C fan/gas 7.  Grease the bun tin using a small amount of oil and some kitchen roll

Using the rolling pin roll out and flatten each slice of bread.  Make it large enough so that you can cut out two circles and two stars*

 

Place the circles in the bun tins and press down so they line the tins.

Chop the apple in to small cubes or grate on a course grater

img_9116In a bowl add 120g of mincemeat, chopped/grated apple, cinnamon or mixed spice and alcohol (if using).  Mix together and spoon in to the bread cases

Using a pastry brush, brush the remaining oil carefully over the stars.  Place a star on top of the filled pies sprinkle with extra cinnamon and a few grains of sugar

img_9122Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-12 minutes until the tops look nice and toasted.  Eat hot or cold, either by themselves or with some soya cream or custard

They should be stored in an airtight container and will keep for 4 days

*The left over bread can be used to make bread sauce, homemade stuffing, make a shop bought stuffing go further or frozen until you decide what you want to do with it!

 

 

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Stuffed aubergine

Stuffed aubergine 

Serves 2

1 medium aubergine

1 tbsp olive oil

100g puy or green lentils

½ tin of chopped tomatoes

1 medium onion finely chopped

1 clove of garlic crushed or 1 tsp garlic paste/puree

1 tbsp toasted pine nuts*

1 pinch each of ground cinnamon, coriander and Chinese 5 spice (or clove)

handful mint or parsley leaves – chopped

Topping – 50g oats, 1 tbsp oil, 1 garlic clove minced, ¼ of the mint/parsley leaves chopped

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  • pre-heat the oven 200C/180 fan/gas 6
  • cut the aubergine in half lengthways and make diagonal cuts in to the flesh, making sure you don’t cut through the skin. Brush the surface with ½ tbsp of oil, place on a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes until soft.

aubergine

  • Meanwhile, cook the lentils in a large pan with 500ml of water. Bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for a further 15 minutes until softened but still slightly firm. Drain and leave to cool

lentils

  • Heat ½ tbsp oil in a pan and slowly cook the onion until soft but not brown. Add the garlic and cook for a further 5 minutes. Tip in the ½ tin of tomatoes, drained lentils, toasted pine nuts and spices and cook for 3-5 more minutes
  • Make the oaty topping – In a bowl mix oats, oil, garlic and ¼ of the chopped mint/parsley leaves

  • Take the aubergine out of the oven and scoop out the flesh leaving the shell intact. Put the flesh into the pan with the other ingredients and stir in the remaining chopped mint/parsley

cooked lentils

  • Fill the shells with the mixture. And cover with the oaty topping. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Check to make sure the oats are not browning too quickly. Cover with foil if that is the case

 

 

  • Remove the cooked aubergine from the oven. Serve on two plates with a large mixed salad
  • The photo below is for 4 people

stuffed aubergine

My cookery guests have made this recipe, and absolutely loved it

 

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* to toast the pine nuts – heat up a try frying pan (no oil) add in the nuts and keep moving the contents so they gently toast and colour. Remove from the pan after 5 minutes and leave to cool