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Mincemeat Tart


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Mincemeat Christmas Slices

I'm not a big fan of lots of pastry and I often find that mince pies can be more pastry than mincemeat, so this is my alternative version.  It is mincemeat sandwiched between a a sweet yeasted bread base and frangipani topping, and finished with a scattering of snow sugar.  I recommend using the pie baker (Cloche base) gives a wonderful even bake and stops the base from drying out.

Makes 12 pieces

For the base
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For the filling:

You will need a pie baker/pizza or the base of your La Cloche

Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/335F/gas mark 3

To make the base

Method

 

Step1i

Step 1 – Make the dough

Whisk the yeast, milk, and golden syrup, vanilla extract and egg together.  Add the flour butter and salt.  Combine.  Leave for 10 minutes, and then mix for 5 minutes.

Step2

Step 2 Mix and shape

It is quite a sticky dough, so if you do have a mixer then you will find this very useful, if not then persevere with a wooden spoon. Mix well for 5 minutes. Once the dough has been mixed, dust your work surface with flour and shape into a ball, then return the dough to a clean, oiled mixing bowl.

Step3

Step 3 Leave to prove

Cover to bowl with a damp linen cloth and leave at room temperature to prove until it roughly doubles in size which takes about an hour, however the amount of time needed to do this varies according to the ambient temperature (put it in your prover if you do not have anywhere warm).

Step4

Step 4 Shape and roll the dough

Using a small amount of flour to dust turn the dough onto the table and shape into a ball and flatten very gently with the palm of your hand.

Pat gently into a circle 2cm thick, roll to 2cm smaller than the diameter of the cloche base. Dust the base with flour, transfer the dough into it, cover and leave to rise for half an hour.

Step5

Step 5 Make the topping

To make the topping place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until smooth.

* Note that the BakeryBits almond essence is very strong as it is pure essence (unlike supermarket versions) so use it sparingly – two or three drops is all that you need.

Step 6

Step 6 Spread the mincemeat

Distribute the mincemeat gently over the base, but leave a 2cm gap to allow for it to spread during baking and spread the almond mix evenly on the top - I used a wide kitchen knife. Scatter with the flaked almonds.

Step7

Step 7 Bake

Bake for 35 minutes, until it is a beautifully golden brown. Leave to cool for 6- 7 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Do this by putting a plate over the tart, invert to drop the tart onto the plate, remove the base and replace with a wire rack. Invert again and remove the plate. Take care as the base will still be hot.

Dust with snow sugar while still warm.

Snow Sugar tart pic

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