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.
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?
No one would know because it still looks like a mince pie.
It’s a Mince Lie.
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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.
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!
Don’t risk your Mince Lies getting trapped in the tin. Dust each hole with flour to prevent your pastry from sticking.
This will enable you to dollop similar amounts of brownie into each pastry case.
You should use this opportunity to make your Mince Lies your own. Add extra fillings on top of your brownie layer.
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!
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!