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Celebrate the Festive Period by making this Lighter Mince Pie Recipe…

November 28, 2012 - Weight Management

The thought of going without a mince pie this Christmas is utterly depressing and the festive period is a time for happiness!

This mince pie recipe makes for a lighter offering, with fewer calories and it’s fun to make with the family…
Lighter Mince Pie Recipe
Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Ready in: 1 day

Ingredients for the mincemeat:
2 finely chopped (gala) apples
1 cup raisins
1 cup sultanas
1/4 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
1/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup apricots
1 tbsp linseeds
3 tbsp agave nectar
1-2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
A pinch of cloves, ginger and nutmeg
5-10 tbsp water

Cook all of the ingredients together in a pan for about 30 minutes to 1 hour until it acheives a fairly thick consistency and the flavours have mixed thoroughly. Leave to cool overnight.

Ingredients for the pastry:
225g plain flour: 50g buckwheat, 50g wholemeal, 75g gluten free, 50g regular
175g margarine
65g caster/fructose sugar
1 beaten egg

Firstly, mix the flour and margarine together until it forms breadcrumbs. Then mix in the remaining ingredients until a dough is formed. Wrap in clingfilm and leave in the fridge overnight, or for at least 1 hour.

The following morning, roll out the dough and cut out circles for the bases, and smaller circles for the tops. Put the bases in a cake tray and fill with the pre-perpared mincemeat. Top with the smaller circles and egg wash. Be as creative as you like with shapes!

Place the pies in the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden.

You can find more healthy recipes like this under ‘low fat recipes’ on our LighterLife Blog.

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