I like to make mince pies, but the mincemeat in jars is usually so sweet and the main ingredient is sugar. This year I tried two varieties of mincemeat with no added sugar.
The best no added sugar version I tried was from Meridian. It has a lovely flavour, is nice and moist and the pies were very tasty.
Using coconut oil instead of butter is a great source of lauric acid which has many health benefits including reducing candida, improving skin conditions, boosting the immune system and metabolism. Pastry made using coconut oil is a bit crumbly and delicate when the pies are hot, so take care when handling. However, the pies are quite robust once cooled.
125g wholemeal spelt flour
100g plain flour
15g round almonds
pinch of stevia (optional)
150g coconut oil in its solid state
2-3 tablespoons very cold water
Put the flours in a large bowl
Add the coconut oil and mix in with a fork until like breadcrumbs
Add the ground almonds and stevia and mix
Add just enough water to make a pliable dough
Roll the dough out thinly and cut as required
Fill with mincemeat and wash with beaten egg to glaze
Bake at 190-200C for about 20 minutes until golden