Prep Time: 15 minutes plus chilling time
Cooking Time: +- 25 minutes
Serves: 12
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I enjoy a mince pie or 2 over Christmas time, but this year, I decided to do a more savoury spin on them.
First of all, a homemade shortcrust pastry is a must – and this one is so short, buttery and simply melts in your mouth. One wouldn’t guess that it was done in a flash using food processor. The filling is a combination of spiced caramelised onion & dried cranberries and goat’s cheese. I also make a quick thyme sugar for sprinkling after baking. So the flavour profile is sweet, tart, spicy, salty and herbaceous. It just works! If you really want to mess with your guests’ minds, make these.

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Thanks for all the support!
Wishing you a blessed Christmas with loved ones and a kick ass 2018.
See you next year ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cranberry & Goat’s Cheese ”Mince Pies”

Shortcrust Pastry
3 c (750 ml) cake flour
3 Tbs (45 ml) icing sugar
a good pinch of salt
260 g chilled salted butter, cut into blocks
3 large egg yolks
20 ml lemon juice
1/4 c (60 ml) ice cold water

1 Tbs (15 ml) butter
1 small onion, chopped
125 g dried cranberries
1/4 c (60 ml) brown sugar
2 tsp (10 ml) mixed spice
100 g goat’s cheese or chevin, sliced into 12 pieces
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c (60 ml) sugar
handful of fresh thyme

Place the cake flour, icing sugar and salt into a food processor. Add the block of butter and blend until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Beat the egg, lemon juice and water together and pour into the processor. Blend until the pastry just comes together. Do not overwork it.
Divide into 2 pieces. One slightly bigger than the other. Wrap or cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the butter. Add the onion, cranberries, sugar and spice. Simmer for +- 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Cool to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 200 Degrees Celsius.
Roll the bigger portion of pastry out to cut out 12 x 10 cm circles. Grease a cupcake tray or patty pan and line with the pastry circles.
Fill each one with a heaped teaspoon of cooled cranberry filling, top with goat’s cheese and a few thyme leaves.
Roll the smaller portion of pastry out to cut toppers for each pie: smaller circles, stars, leaves – whatever you like ๐Ÿ™‚
Brush the exposed pastry with egg and top with cut pie toppers. Brush with egg.
Bake for 12 – 15 minutes.
Grind sugar and thyme together until fragrant. Place in a sieve and sprinkle of the mince pies!
Serve warm or room temperature.
TIP:ย Feel free to replace goat’s cheese with brie or blue cheese.

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