Mince pies are a long-standing Christmas tradition, but the standard versions use mincemeat or suet. Nineteenth-century American housewives began making mock mince pies, and they're so good that probably no one ever missed the meat. This version has an additional twist—a bit of cocoa for a deep, rich flavor.
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- 1/4 cup dry unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee
- 1/4 cup natural granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1/2 cup dark raisins or 1/2 cup currants
- 1/2 cup golden raisin
- 2 medium granny smith apples, peeled,cored,and finely chopped
- 3/4 cup fine fresh breadcrumb
- 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or 1/4 cup pecans
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 prepared pastry crust
- 1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- 2Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan with 1/2 cup of water.
- 3Bring to a simmer and stir until smoothly dissolved and combined.
- 4Add the currants, raisins, and apples and simmer over low heat, covered, for 10 minutes.
- 5Remove from the heat.
- 6In a mixing bowl, combine the bread crumbs, nuts, vanilla, and spices.
- 7Pour in the mixture from the saucepan and stir until thoroughly combined.
- 8Pour into the pastry crust.
- 9Melt the margarine in the same saucepan used previously.
- 10Remove from the heat and stir in the bread crumbs, sugar, and cinnamon.
- 11Sprinkle over the top of the pie.
- 12Bake for 35 minutes, or until the crust is golden.
- 13Let cool and serve just warm or at room temperature.
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Nutritional Facts for Cocoa Mock Mince Pie
Serving Size: 1 (125 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 336.9
- Calories from Fat 113
- Total Fat 12.5 g
- Saturated Fat 2.7 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 237.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 54.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
- Sugars 27.5 g
- Protein 5.0 g