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Mince Lies: Don’t Be Left Out This Christmas!

Date - 21st November 2016 / Author - Billie / Category - Christmas, Recipes

Mince Lies

Mince Pie Alternative.

It’s that time of year where everyone is feeling more and more festive as each day goes by, and the pinnacle of that festive feeling is eating your first mince pie.

Unless you don’t like mince pies.

I don’t like mince pies and I know I don’t like mince pies but sometimes I want to be included in the most festive group of all; The Mince Pie Eaters. So I’ll try a mince pie.

Sometimes I can’t chew more than once. Sometimes I’ll chew a few times on one side of my mouth and strain to swallow it down. Every time I still don’t like mince pies.

I’m a festive outcast.

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It’s what’s On The Inside That Counts

I needed to come up with a solution to this problem. How can I feel like I’m involved with The Mince Pie Eaters without eating a mince pie?

The issue I have with mince pies is the mincemeat inside. I’m happy with the pastry, thrilled even!

Just that wretched filling to take care of…

How about switching the mincemeat for something that actually tastes nice?

Brownie!

No one would know because it still looks like a mince pie.

It’s a Mince Lie.

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The Magic of Mince Lies

A Mince Lie is a wonderful piece of delicious trickery.

You know when you think you have a chocolate chip cookie but it’s actually, what would be, a perfectly good cookie studded with RAISINS??

Yeah, that feeling.

The feeling of disgust, disappointment and utter betrayal.

A Mince Lie is the opposite of that feeling.

Imagine taking a bite into a basic mince pie.

Mm pastry, yum. Shame about the rancid mincemeat I’m about to hit.

But it never comes.

You bite through flaky, light pastry and straight into soft, gooey chocolate brownie.

It’s a Christmas miracle!

Thanks to the Mince Lie we can ALL be a part of the festive fun of mince pie eating.

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My Top Tips For Making Mince Lies

Chill Your Pastry

This pastry is the most basic form of pastry. It’s super easy to make but make sure you chill it for 10 minutes before you roll it out.

10 minutes happens to be the perfect amount of time to mix up your brownie filling!

Dust Your Muffin Tray With Flour

Don’t risk your Mince Lies getting trapped in the tin. Dust each hole with flour to prevent your pastry from sticking.

Use An Ice Cream Scoop

This will enable you to dollop similar amounts of brownie into each pastry case.

Jazz ‘Em Up

You should use this opportunity to make your Mince Lies your own. Add extra fillings on top of your brownie layer.

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Some ideas for surprise fillings:

  • Caramel
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nutella
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Ferrero Rocher
  • Lindt Lindor Balls
  • Raspberries
  • Hundreds and Thousands
  • Chocolate Orange Segment
  • Lotus Biscoff Spread

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Use egg Wash

Use a beaten egg to stick your lids on and make sure you press the edges on firmly. You don’t want your fillings escaping through the sides of your Mince Lies!

Eat Warm or Cooled

As you can imagine, warm Mince Lies are astoundingly delicious. Soft, crumbly pastry with a lava brownie oozing from the centre. Add a dollop of ice cream or clotted cream and you have a true Christmas treat!

Cool Mince Lies are as equally delicious. The same pastry with a fudgey brownie in the middle. What’s not to love?

Let me know if you make up any other flavour combinations and don’t forget to post your photos with #mincelies!

Let’s get festive!

Billie xx

Mince Lies
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Mince Lies
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Ingredients
Pastry
  • 375 g plain flour
  • 260 g butter
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
Brownie Filling
  • 125 g butter
  • 125 g dark chocolate
  • 185 g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 60 g plain four
  • 25 g cocoa powder
Additional Ingredients
  • 1 egg for glazing
  • Extra fillings as noted above
Instructions
Pastry
  1. Rub butter and flour together until you have a breadcrumb consistency.
  2. Add sugar and egg and mix until a dough starts to forms. Bring the dough together with your hands, wrap in cling film and chill for 10 minutes whilst you make your brownie filling.
Brownie Filling
  1. Melt butter and dark chocolate together in the microwave.
  2. Add sugar, eggs, flour and cocoa powder in one go and mix until smooth.
Making Mince Lies
  1. Preheat oven to 200C fan and dust a muffin tin with flour.
  2. Roll out pastry and cut out 12 circles using a 10cm circle cutter. Place a pastry circle in each hole of the muffin tin. Keep leftover pastry for the lids.
  3. Use an ice cream scoop to add brownie filling to each pastry cake.
  4. Add spoonfuls of any extra fillings you want to add in.
  5. Roll out leftover pastry and cut out 12 circles using a 7cm circle cutter.
  6. Beat the egg for the glaze and brush it around the edge of each pastry case. Press a lid onto each case and press the edges down firmly.
  7. Brush each Mince Lie with egg and use a knife to pierce a slot in the top of each pie.
  8. Bake at 200C fan for 20 minutes. The tops should be nicely browned.
  9. Eat the Mince Lies warm for a gooey dessert or leave them to cool for a fudgey Christmas treat. Either way, add a dollop of ice cream or clotted cream!
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