Mince parcels!

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Mince parcels!

Well I just used shortcrust pastry mix (I'm a cheat) 
But to make a shortcrust pastry you need
225g plain flour
100g butter
Pinch salt
For the filling

1egg White to wash over

1. Sidt the flour into a large bowl add the butter and using your fingertips rub together to make breadcrumbs. Stir in the salt. Add water until the mixture starts to form a firm dough. Put in the fridge for 20mins. 
2. Pre heat overnight to 200C 
3. Cut the dough in half and roll out each section so they are both the same size.
4. Place small heaps of mincemeat all over one half of the two dough pieces. 
5. Using your egg white brush around the mincemeat this will help the top layer stick. 
6. Place the remaining dough on top and press around the shape of the mincemeat. Using cookie cutters, cut out little parcels.
7. Using your fingers press down around the edges to ensure pastry is stuck together. Place on baking tray and using a knife score little lines around the rim of the parcels to make them look better. Make sure you cut a cross on top to let the steam escape.
8. Bake in oven for 15-20mins, allow to cool then serve.

What do you love to bake at Christmas? Not long to go now!