Is there anything better in life than Brandy Butter? It’s a fairly recent discovery for me; I tried it for the first time last Christmas and fell head over heels!
A couple of weeks ago, I visited our local bakers and came across their decadent Brandy Butter Mince Pies. Oh my goodness! Each bite is like a taste of heaven! But after buying a few boxes, and them disappearing immediately, I thought I should have a go at making my own.
Regular readers will know that I mostly post allergy recipes, but just a quick disclaimer to say that this recipe is not a dairy free. It also contains alcohol.
The base of this recipe is the same as my Dairy and Soya Free Mince Pies (<— Link if you missed them the other day), so I tend to make a double batch up with half ‘H-Bear Friendly’ and half naughty, adult mince pies.
The Recipe (Makes 12-14 with stars on top)
Preheat the oven to 180°C
125g butter alternative, diced (we use Flora Freedom because we don’t have cow’s milk butter in the house, but ‘regular’ unsalted butter would be fine and delicious)
225g plain flour
2 tablespoons of golden caster sugar
2 large eggs. One whisked to add to pastry and the other whisked to glaze the stars before baking.
300g of mincemeat
Cinnamon sugar to sprinkle on top of glaze (100g golden caster sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon – you will have lots left over for future batches)
One tub of Brandy Butter
1. Prepare 12-case cupcake tin by greasing with butter alternative.
2. Mix the butter, flour and sugar together until mixture resembles bread crumbs. I used our Kitchen Aid, but you can rub together with hands too.
3. Gradually add one of the eggs.
4. Bring the mixture together with your hands, wrap in clingfilm and leave in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
5. Roll out on floured surface and cut shapes.
6. Place in cupcake tin and add mincemeat.
7. Place stars on a separate baking tray (lined with greaseproof paper) and glaze.
8. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of stars.
9. Bake mince pies in oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown, and turn out onto cooling rack.
10. Bake stars for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown, and turn out onto cooling rack.
11. Once cool, add a dollop of Brandy Butter on top of the open mince pie and pop a star on top.
Then they’re ready to eat! Serve with a glass of mulled wine, cup of tea, or a cheeky glass of prosecco!
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