Merry Christmas! A tad early I know but I love Xmas and who could blame me? Tinsel, lights, tree, Christmas crackers, novelty jumpers, glitter and baubles (and did you know, it’s impossible to say “bauble” without pulling a funny face).
I know I said I love the holidays but I admit, I am not a big fan of mince pies and these are the perfect substitutes. They taste like Christmas and they look it too.
I like to make this and leave it to cool completely before filling either homemade or shop bough pastry cases on the day of serving.
- 300g fresh cranberries or mixed berries
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 15g cornflour
- 125ml water
- 2 clementines, juiced
- 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pinch Himalayan salt
- 2-3 fresh pears (450g) – peeled, cored and cubed/1cm
To serve: Pastry cases and coconut sugar to dust
- Tip the cranberries (or mixed berries), maple syrup, cornflour, water and clementine juice in a large pan. Stir well and heat until all the cranberries have “popped”.
- Add the cinnamon, ginger and salt. Cook on low low until the mixture has thickened.
- Add the pears and cook for a further 1-2 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in a container with a tight fitting lid and keep in the fridge until needed.
TO SERVE – Bake the pies for 15-20 minutes at gas mark 5. Sprinkle with sugar once out of the oven. Let cool before serving.