Mince Pies

        For the dough

  • 1 cup spelt flour 

  • 100g ground almonds

  • 8 dates

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 6 tbsp olive oil  

         For the filling

  • 2 pears diced

  • 1 carrot diced

  • 1 cup raisins 

  • 1 orange 

  • 1 orange zest & juice

  • 1 tbsp honey 

  • 2 tsp ground ginger 

  • 1 tsp mixed spice 

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  1. Place the mincemeat ingredients into a saucepan and stir.  Simmer for about 25-30 minutes, until the fruits are soft.

  2. Lightly coat a round pan with any oil of your choice 

  3. In a large bowl mix the milk, brown sugar, melted butter and salt. Add the yeast on top and allow the mixture to turn frothy for around 5-10minutes (if this does not happen you might need to use different yeast)

  4. Mix in 1 cup of spelt flour and add more if the dough is wet. Continue to add flour until the mixture can be formed into a dough. 

  5. Knee the dough for 2-3minutes or until the dough springs back. Let the dough sit aside for 10-15minutes 

  6. Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a small bowl without the unsalted butter. Melt the unsalted butter and set aside 

  7. On a clean surface, roll out the dough into around 10cm x 10cm and brush the melted butter alongside the dough

  8. Sprinkle the filling onto the dough, covering all the surface 

  9. Roll the dough into a log and pinch the ends to seal 

  10. Slice the dough into 12 pieces using a really sharp knife and send within the pan, cover with a clean towel and allow the rolls to rise for 40minutes

  11. Preheat the oven to 180degrees and bake for 15-20minutes 

  12. Cool for a few minutes before serving