Recipe may contain gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, milk and soy.
We’ve given the Christmas staple an air fryer treatment – with a splash of gin! These mince pies have a soft and crumbly pastry, stuffed with all the usual fruity and nutty suspects.
1 small granny smith apple, peeled, cored, coarsely grated
165g (3/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
90g (1/2 cup) sultanas
45g (1/4 cup) currant
45g (1/4 cup) blanched almonds, toasted, finely chopped
2 tbsp red glace cherries, finely chopped
2 tbsp mixed peel
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
25g butter, melted
60ml (1/4 cup) gin
Icing sugar, to dust
Sweet shortcut pastry
300g (2 cups) plain flour
55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
185g butter, chilled, chopped
1 egg, separated
60ml (1/4 cup) milk
8 Method Steps
Step 1Use your hands to squeeze excess moisture from the apple(1 small granny smith apple, peeled, cored, coarsely grated). Transfer to a bowl. Add the brown sugar (165g (3/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar), sultanas (90g (1/2 cup) sultanas), currants (45g (1/4 cup) currant), almond (45g (1/4 cup) blanched almonds, toasted, finely chopped), cherries (2 tbsp red glace cherries, finely chopped), peel (2 tbsp mixed peel), mixed spice (1 tsp mixed spice), cinnamon (1/2 tsp ground cinnamon), butter (25g butter, melted) and gin (60ml (1/4 cup) gin). Stir well to combine. Set aside for 1 hour to allow flavours to develop.
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Step 2Meanwhile, place the flour (300g (2 cups) plain flour), sugar (55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar) and butter (185g butter, chilled, chopped) in a food processor and process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk (reserve the egg white) and milk (60ml (1/4 cup) milk), and process until the dough just comes together.
Step 3Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out the pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper until 3mm thick. Use a round 8cm-diameter pastry cutter to cut 18 discs from the pastry. Line eighteen, 2.5cm deep, 4cm (base) 7cm (top) loose-based patty pans with the discs.
Step 4Reroll leftover pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper until 3mm thick. Use a round 7cm-diameter pastry cutter to cut 18 discs from the pastry. Transfer the fruit mixture to a fine sieve over a bowl and stir to remove excess liquid. Divide fruit mixture among pastry cases.
Step 5Beat egg white until frothy. Brush pastry discs with a little egg white. Top pastry cases, egg white-down, with pastry discs. Press edges to seal, trimming any excess pastry.
Step 6Reroll any leftover pastry and use a 6.5cm star cutter to cut 18 stars. Brush tops with a little of the remaining eggwhite. Place a star on the top of each pie. Brush the stars with egg white.
Step 7Preheat a 7-litre air fryer to 160C for 3 minutes. Carefully place 6 mince pies in the basket. Cook for 15 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp. Repeat, in two more batches, with the remaining pies. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 8Dust the pies with icing sugar to serve.