When I create in the kitchen I like to make sure that the whole family will enjoy the result – these mince pies are very child friendly and you will be the smug mama (or papa) knowing they have eaten a pretty amazing version…
I have been mulling over this idea of beetroot, apple and chocolate mince pies in my mind for quite sometime… I know beetroot and chocolate are well matched flavours but I have been lucky enough to have had lots of apples this year I was keen to use the last of them up.
So often kids don’t enjoy mince pies but these child friendly mince pies are something else!! (And that is before considering the nutritional benefit of containing beetroot and apple.)
December signals the beginning of Christmas for us, the tree goes up and I get all my mince pies baked and frozen so that I can pull some out anytime for the unexpected visitor. They take only 5 – 10 minutes in a warm oven and are absolutely heavenly…(it also means I only have to bake once so more time for other things!)
150g beetroot grated – medium to fine grate
150ml Apple juice
125g Soft brown sugar
85g Dark cooking chocolate melted – in a bain-marie
100g Grated apple (1 x medium cooking apple)
1tbs Un-sweeted coco powder
Makes approx. 45 mini mince pies
- Place the butter, apple juice and sugar in a medium sized saucepan and heat gently until full melted
- Add the beetroot and cook for a further 5 minutes
- Add the dried fruit, grated apple and cinnamon, mix well. Continue to cook on a low heat until the fruit is soft and the liquid is absorbed. If you are making these for adults add a splash of brandy
- Mix through the melted chocolate and coco powder
- Spoon into you pastry cases (mini pastry cases are easier for kids) or store in the fridge, covered, ready to use later
For pastry and frangipane recipes please see our recipe on last year’s mince pie post – click here
If your family enjoys nuts I highly recommend piping frangipane over the top of your beetroot and chocolate mincemeat and scattering with almond slivers. Alternatively cut out some little pastry shapes and place over the mincemeat. Mix it up and make some of both!
Serve warm with a sprinkling of icing sugar, a hot cup of tea and your favourite people. I guarantee this is the most child friendly mince pie recipe you will come cross this Christmas.
How kids can help:
- Weighing and measuring the ingredients
- Breaking the chocolate up ready to melt
- Spooning the mince pie mixture into the pastry cases
- Sifting over a little icing sugar
- Proudly serving
- Taste testing!