A great and EASY alternative to Mince Pies and these are healthy too! I always make a batch or 2 or 3 or 4 of traditional mince pies (!!) at Christmas time, but these are ALWAYS requested by my family & friends as well! They can be made throughout the year for a quick and easy snack; ideal for lunch boxes and picnics or charity cakes & bakes. They are REALLY good made with my Traditional British Boozy Mincemeat - Fat Free. Get the children to help too--they are SO easy to make & it gets everyone involved in the festivities!
- Preheat the oven to 200°C or 400°F.
- Grease a shallow baking tin, 11 x 7 inches.
- Melt the butter or margarine gently in a large saucepan. Add the sugar and mix well.
- While the butter and sugar are being heated up, mix the porridge oats & flour together in a bowl.
- When the butter & sugar mixture have turned to liquid, take the pan off the heat and add the flour & oat mixture gradually, stirring all the time.
- When it is all thoroughly mixed and blended, spoon HALF the mixture into a well greased shallow baking tin.
- With the flat of your hand, press the mixture down firmly all over - making sure it gets into all the corners!
- The firmer you press, the less crumbly it will be when it has been cooked & therefore easier to pick up and eat!
- Next, using a tablespoon, spread ALL the mincemeat over the top - making sure it is evenly spread and goes into all those corners again! Press it down with the back of the spoon.
- Then spread the remaining oat & flour mixture over the top - again pressing down firmly and making sure it is evenly spread.
- Bake the mincemeat slices in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes OR until the top is tinged brown - NOT too dark and brown.
- Remove from the oven & with a sharp knife, cut into 12 squares - BUT make sure to leave them in the tin until they are cold. It is easier to remove them this way.
- Sprinkle with icing sugar if you want and store in an airtight tin, that's if they are not gobbled up straight away!
- These can be re-heated in a warm oven OR microwave - then serve with cream or brandy butter as a nice, festive dessert.
- Be careful NOT to overheat in the microwave as mincemeat can really burn your mouth if it gets too hot!
I took forever getting around to these, and now I have already made two batches. These are a great snack, and my daughter loves them in her lunch at school. Thanks so much for this great recipe!
I love mincemeat & have always wanted to [but never did] make some 'traditional' small mince pies, so this recipe was especially enticing for me! That, & the fact that I'd already made French Tart's mincemeat recipe! Anyway, these little things are OUTSTANDING! I did inch up on the amount of mince that I used, but otherwise the directions were followed precisely! Great, great finger food!! Many thanks!