RECIPE – Mince Pie Crumble Squares

Christmas is my most favourite time of the year. Not least because of one of its most important parts… food! The festive season is the perfect excuse to make extra-special treats to indulge in and for everyone to enjoy (not that I need an excuse!) When I think of Christmassy sweet treats, I think of comforting pastry, seasonal fruits and warming spices… aka the beloved mince pie. Since it’s December and the festive season is well and truly underway, I thought I’d go about making my own version of the mince pie. So, after a weekend of baking, I’ve created this recipe as a twist on the classic.

It takes the traditional mince pie and turns it into crumble squares. A mincemeat filling over a shortcrust base, topped off with a sprinkle of granola – the taste of Christmas in one bite. They may be made from totally natural and nutritious ingredients, but I’ve given them to friends and family, and they absolutely love them. Alongside a cup of tea, these are the perfect December mid-morning or afternoon treat. Alternatively, served with some coconut yogurt or cashew cream, they make a delicious dessert, too.

Ingredients:

Base
150g Buckwheat flour
100g ground Almonds
2 Flax eggs (2 tbsp milled flaxseed plus 6 tbsp water)
2 tbsp Almond butter
3 tbsp Coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp Maple syrup
Zest of 1 Orange

Filling
100g Raisins
100g Sultanas
100g Cranberries, dried
Juice 2 Oranges
1 tbsp Coconut oil
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground Ginger
1/2 tsp grated Nutmeg

Topping
100g Oats
25g ground Almonds
3 tbsp Coconut oil
4 tbsp Maple syrup
Handful flaked Almonds

Method:

  1. Place the milled flaxseeds and water into a small bowl, stir, and leave to sit for 5-10 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Place all of the filling ingredients into a pan, stir together well, then place on a low heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Make the base by combining all the ingredients until they just come together. Transfer the mixture into a deep and lined baking tray (I use 20x20cm) and spread until it is even and tightly packed. Place in the oven for 10 minutes.
  4. Prepare the granola topping by melting together the maple syrup and coconut oil. Once combined, pour the liquid over the oats and ground almonds, leaving the flaked almonds out at this stage. Stir together until the liquid fully coats the mixture.
  5. Once the base has baked and the mincemeat filling has thickened, spread the filling over the base and sprinkle on the granola topping (depending how much topping you’d like, bake the remainder separately to be enjoyed as delicious granola, if there’s any leftover). Place back in the oven for 15 minutes, adding the flaked almonds on top halfway through.
  6. When the topping is crispy and the flaked almonds are golden, take out of the oven. Leave to cool completely before cutting into squares, and enjoy!



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