Mince Pies, you see them everywhere at this time of year. I have to admit that I really don't like them. I couldn't tell you why either. I just don't.
For the last few years I have been making an alternative to mince pies, and they have gone down really well with all of the family. Especially the children!
So this year I thought I would share my recipe with you!
Mince Pie Muffins.
Makes 16 muffins.
300g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
90g golden caster sugar
1 Jar of mincemeat (mine was 434g)
90ml vegetable oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp ginger
A little Icing sugar mixed with water for decorating.
Place two large bowls on your workspace, place all of the dry ingredients into one bowl (flour, baking powder, bicarb, sugar, cinnamon, mixed spice, ginger) and mix together with a wooden spoon.
In the other bowl place all the wet ingredients (milk, mincemeat, veg oil), mix that together well.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and lightly mix together. Having lumps and bits of flour showing is a good thing, you do not want to overwork the mix.
Put 16 muffin cases into a muffin tin, and then add a tablespoon of the mix to each one, so that the mix fills about 3 quarters of the muffin case.
Put in the oven on 180 degrees for around 20 minutes.
Once cooled you can chose to add icing sugar to the tops, or if you prefer (as Chester does) you can leave them plain.
They really are delicious, what is nice about this recipe is that they are so quick and easy to make, the children love that they get a bowl each to start with and then combine their ingredients and work together to make the yummy muffins!
Do you have any twists on festive classics?