Mince Pies

The way to get yourself into the Christmas spirit is to make mince pies, well that’s what I do. I thought I would share this recipe with you.

140 g Plain Flour
70 g Margarine
3-4 tablespoons water
1 Egg
1 Jar of Mincemeat
2 Party cutters one bigger than the other

1. Rub the margarine into the flour
2. When it looks like breadcrumbs, add the water and draw pastry into a ball
3. Grease 12-hole tin
4. Preheat the oven to 180 degree c
5. Divide the pastry into two with one half a little bigger than the other
6. Roll out the larger piece as thinly as possible
7. Using the larger cutter, cut out rounds (12) in the pastry
8. Place each round in a hole in the tart/mince pie tin
9. Spoon mincemeat into the pies
10.Roll out the remaining pastry and cut out the tops
11. Place the topes on the mincemeat, gently squeeze the edges to ensure the top stays secure
12. You can brush the topes with a beaten egg if you wish
13. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes
14. Leave to cool on a wire rack, you can dust with icing sugar if you wanted to.


Written by Christine Edmead, ELVis Administration and Information Officer

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East London Vision (ELVis) is the subgroup for the 7 geographical areas that naturally cover all of east London north of the Thames: • Barking and Dagenham • City and Hackney • Havering • Newham • Redbridge • Tower Hamlets • Waltham Forest. ELVis is designed to provide an effective and efficient way of ensuring that vision impaired people living in East London get the support and services they need. It is an umbrella organisation with voluntary sector, user led representation in each of the east London boroughs. Our vision is that everyone living in East London experiencing, or at risk of, any form of sight loss, receives a high quality service relevant to their need and at a time appropriate for themselves. Our aim is to enhance & link vision impaired services and organisations throughout East London, improving the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people and increasing individual independence.

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