Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Vegan Recipe of the Week - Festive Mince Pies

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without mince pies! And being vegan does not mean you have to miss out on the festive fun. Whether you want to opt for the super easy - assemble them yourself option or choose your fruits, soak them and bask in the homemade aromas filling your kitchen, I've got you covered.

This recipe is really easy to make and all of the family can share these festive pies. If you don’t want to make your own mincemeat, Sainsbury’s sell a jar which makes around 24 small pies for around £1, which is vegan! Even easier  VVx


Jus-Rol ready rolled shortcrust pastry – All Jus-Rol pastry products are vegan and labelled so.
450g Sainsbury's Mincemeat in a jar or:

56g Vegan suet
56g Bramley apples, peeled and chopped
30g Candied peel
56g sultanas
56g Raisins
56g Currants
42g Demerara sugar
20ml Brandy – or Apple Juice for a non-alcoholic version

Soy milk for brushing pastry
Icing sugar for dusting


Mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and put into a sterilised jar overnight. 
The next morning, take the pastry out of the fridge and leave at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Unroll the pastry and use a cutter slightly larger than the circumference of the pastry tart tin holes to cut the bases. 

Spray the pastry tart tin with Frylight and place the bases into the holes pushing into the edges.

Roll out the remaining pastry and cut out a smaller round top for each pie using a cutter.

Spoon a heaped teaspoon of mincemeat into each tart case and cover with a pastry lid. Pinch the lids around the edge to seal the pies and pierce the top with a sharp knife to create an air hole.
Brush the pies with a little soy milk and place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan.
Take the pies out of the fridge and bake on the middle shelf for 18-20 minutes until lightly browned on top.
Place the pies on a cooling rack for 20 minutes to cool and then dust lightly with icing sugar.

Don't be afraid to be creative, add stars or lattice tops. Serve warm or cold on their own or with dairy-free custard.

Eat and Enjoy!

Big Vegan Love,


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  1. I thought that mincemeat was well . . . minced meat. Silly American. Anyway, they look beautiful! I will have to try mincemeat something now that I know it can be something quite delicious. ;-)

    1. Silly English word for sticky fruit filling really! It tastes amazing though. Let me know how you get on. :-) VVx

  2. Silly English word for sticky fruit filling really! It tastes amazing though. Let me know how you get on. :-) VVx