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    Martha's nut-crusted mince pies

    'The nutty caramel topping is a great addition to these treats – perfect for the festive season.' Martha Collison 

    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 30 minutes + 30 minutes chill time
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes to 25 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 20-25 minutes

    Makes: 8

    Ingredients

    200g plain flour
    20g ground almonds
    35g icing sugar
    125g butter, diced
    1 medium Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range Egg, separated
    100g caster sugar
    50g hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
    25g walnuts, chopped
    25g almonds, chopped
    410g jar Waitrose Christmas Signature Spice Mincemeat
     

    Method

    1. For the pastry, pulse the flour, almonds, icing sugar and butter in a food processor until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk (save the white for glazing) and 1 tablespoon of cold water and pulse again. Shape the mixture into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

    2. Place the sugar in a small saucepan and heat until it starts to melt. Keep a close eye on it, as it will burn easily. Swirl the pan and cook until the sugar is a dark amber colour.

    3. Add the nuts to the hot caramel and stir until they are all well coated. Turn out onto a lined baking tray and leave to cool until set. When the brittle has hardened, break it up into smaller pieces and pulse in the food processor until it forms a coarse powder with a few chunky nut pieces.

    4. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Roll the pastry out to ½cm thickness and cut 8x11cm circles using a pastry cutter. Press the circles into a greased muffin tray, pushing the pastry up against the sides. Divide the mincemeat between the cases and cover the tops with the crushed caramel mix. This will melt in the oven into a crunchy nut layer.

    5. Cut out 8 small stars from the remaining pastry dough and place on top of each pie. Brush with beaten egg white and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and crisp. Allow the pies to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tin as the topping will be very hot. Serve warm with cream and a glass of mulled wine. 

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