Sunday, 13 December 2015

Mince Pies

Can you imagine Christmas without mince pies? Well, you don’t have to now as there is solution to your festive cravings. Low carb pastry filled with aromatic low carb mincemeat. All covered with vanilla and brandy butter making your Christmas truly merry but still guilt free.
Recipe makes 6 pies, if you wish to make more, double or triple the ingredients. I used Erythritol as sugar substitute, but you can use any other sweetener of your choice (just remember to adjust carb count for it).

  • 50g fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 75g (its about ½ ) Bramley apple
  • 25g chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. ground almond
  • 2 tbsp. erythritol (or any other sweetener of your choice)
  • 2 tbsp. brandy
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cardamom
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 100g ground almond
  • 15g coconut flour
  • 15g soy flour
  • 1tbsp arrowroot starch
  • ½ tsp xantam gum
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (slightly warmed up)
  • 1 tbsp cold water
Brandy butter:
  • 50 g butter
  • 30g erythritol (powdered)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp brandy

Mince meat
  • Place all the ingredients (apart from brandy) in a small sauce pan and cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes. Add brandy and stir well.
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add coconut oil and water and mix well. Form the dough into a ball and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 180C/356 F.
  • Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out to about ½ cm circle.
  • Using 7cm /3 inches round cookie cutter (or a glass), cut out circles. You should have enough dough for 6 tartlets plus some dough for decorations.
  • Gently loosen circles of dough with an offset spatula and place in a mini muffin tin, shaping to fit the hole.
  • Prick the bottoms of pies with a fork and fill each shell with about 2 tsps of mincemeat. Decorate with leftover dough (I just cut out little circles using brandy bottle lid) and bake for about 20 minutes until pastry edges are golden brown,.
  • Let it cool down before removing from the tin.
Brandy butter
  • Beat butter with erythritol, vanilla extract and brandy until well combined and smooth. Dollop a tsp of brandy butter on each pie and serve.
Merry Christmas :)

Nutrition without brandy butter (using erythritol as sweetener). If you serve it with a tsp of brandy butter add about 70kcal and 8g of fat to each pie.

Per 1 mince pie

Please note that this carbohydrate count does not include the erythritol. Studies have shown that erythritol has little to no affect on blood glucose levels.
Recipe based on alldayidreamaboutfood


  1. How about using organic agave syrup instead of sweetners. Thank you.