Author: Magdalena Marsden
There are so many wonderful mince pies recipes, but this one with a marzipan topping is one of my favourite. It's probably because most of the shop bought variety is little too sweet for me and this one doesn't have that much pastry or sugar in. The best thing is that you can choose your own mincemeat and even mix it with some freshly chooped up apples to give if bit more lightness.
If you want to you can easily buy the brandy marzipan, but I prefer to make my own. So, here is what you do:
For the pastry:
250g plain flour
100g self-raising flour
200g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
For the star topping
75g white marzipan
1-3 tsp brandy (or rum)
50g caster sugar
First of all pre-heat the oven to 190C, Gas Mark 5.
Next make the pastry, byt putting all the flours, butter and caster sugar into a food processor and whizz until the mixture resembles fresh breadcrumbs. You can do this by hand, but the advantage of using mixer is that the dough doesn't get warm too quickly. Add the egg and when mixed together, take out from the mixer and gently knead into a dough.
Roll the pastry out quite thickly between two sheets of greaseproof paper. Using a large round cutter (or a upside down jam jar) and cut out 12-18 circles and line your mince pie baking tray. Fill each cavity with mincemeat up to about two third.
To make the star topping mix the marzipan and brandy together in a bowl. Roll out thickly and cut out star shapes with a cutter slightly smaller than your mince pies.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Store in a tin for upto a week.
Hope you enjoy this Christmas mince pies with marzipan topping recipe and if you bake it, do let me know how you get on in the comments below.