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How To Make Gluten And Dairy Free Mince Pies

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During Christmas time eating food at parties or events can be difficult for people who are allergy and intolerance sufferers. If you know of any friends or family, who are gluten and diary intolerant, or simply don’t like animal products in their mince pies. Here is a simple gluten and dairy free mince pie you can offer them. Also, I’ve written an article on how to make vegetarian mincemeat, which can be the filling for these mince pies.
What you'll need: 
100g rice flour
100g chickpea (gram) flour
100g dairy free butter
Egg beaten (optional)
Big bowl
Food processor (optional)
Rolling pin
Cup cake tin
Vegetarian mince meat
Pastry cutter optional
Sift the rice flour, chickpea flour and salt into the bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour with your fingertips, it should form into crumbs.
Add a little water into the mixture. Use a spoon or knife to stir the mixture until it clumps together. If it still needs more water, add some more. Bring the dough together into a ball. Knead lightly on a work surface dusted with rice flour, until it’s a firm and smooth dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes in the fridge. This will make it easier to roll. After making the flour and butter into bread crumbs, you can put the mixture straight into a food processor. Blend for a few seconds; add a little water to form into dough. Remove from processor and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180C and grease the cup cake tins.
Take the pastry from the fridge, roll out to desired thickness, but don’t roll too thin. Use the pastry cutter to cut out circles for the mince pie bases; they should be larger than the top circles or pie tops. Line the cake tin with the pastry.
Fill the pastry with a heaped teaspoon of mincemeat into each pastry base. Cut smaller circles, with a pastry cutter for covering the pie tops. When the tops are on press the bottom and top edges of the pies together with your fingers.
If you are using egg, you can brush the tops of the mince pies at this point. Prick the middle of the pies with a fork, so steam can escape while cooking. Bake for 20 minutes until pies are lightly browned.
Remove from oven; cool down in tin for 5 minutes, and remove pies onto cooling rack. You can now serve them warm or cold.
You should have a crisp, yet crumbly mince pie. This will be a welcome treat for all people.
You can add a pinch of salt to the flour if you like.
If you plan to give pies to vegans, don’t brush the mince pie tops with egg.
You can use cut out star or any other shape, to cover the mince pie top.
After removing the pies from the oven. You can sprinkle icing sugar or anything else you fancy
If you want the pastry sweeter, you can add 70g of caster sugar to the flour.


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