I am really not a fan of mince pies, to be honest. So today, I decided to make mini apple pie instead! I was happy that was crisp and I didn't have a 'soggy bottom' (Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry would be so proud!).
225g Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
Plain white flour
100g Caster Sugar
1 Large egg
Crumb together the butter and flour together with your hands until it forms small, golden crumbs.
Mix in the egg and sugar (and a little milk if needed) to form the dough.
Knead it a bit until it takes shape that wrap in clingfilm and put in the fringe until rolling out time.
Cut out into circle shapes and place in greased moulds (I used a normal muffin tin).
Four large apples - after I peel them, I carry on peeling the apple so I get nice, wafer-thin slices. It cooks better this way! (Bramley are the best)
Squeeze of lemon
50g Caster sugar
Pinch of Cinnamon
Add all the ingredients into a pan and stir until cooked and soft.
Then scoop the filling into each pastry case and bake for 25 mins at 180 degrees!Serve on their own or with custard, cream or icecream! The apple-cinnamon smell wafting around the room is sensational!
... And it's swell with mulled wine too!
Bon appetit! And have a very merry Christmas!