This delicious traditional recipe gets a signature Shay Cooper update with a sweet financier batter crunch!

Mince Pies by Shay Cooper
Mince Pies by Shay Cooper

Sweet pastry

  • 500g of plain flour
  • 250g of caster sugar
  • 250g of butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs

Financier batter

  • 225g of caster sugar
  • 90g of ground almonds
  • 180g of plain flour
  • 7 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 225g of butter

Filling

  • 2 jars of Organic mincemeat
  • 1 dash of brandy
  • 2 2/3 handfuls of chopped almonds

To plate

  • 1 dollop of crème fraîche

Start by making the pastry. Combine the flour and sugar, then create a well in the centre of the mix. Slowly fold in the butter until the mix is crumb-like. Add the eggs and work gently until the mix becomes smooth. Set aside.

To make the batter, place the sugar, ground almonds and flour together in a food processor with a whisk attachment, and mix on slow speed. Gradually add the egg white. Set aside.

Meanwhile heat the butter in a pan until it begins to change colour to a shade of hazelnut brown. When the butter has changed colour, pass it through a clean piece of linen or tea towel to remove any impurities.

While the butter is still warm, add it to your batter mix in a slow trickle until it is fully incorporated. Leave to chill.

Roll out the sweet pastry to a thickness of about 3mm, cut into disks and place in floured tart tins. Blind bake in the oven for around 10 minutes until pastry is cooked and crisp. Leave to cool on a wire rackreheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.

Once the pastry is cool, stir the brandy and nuts into the mincemeat. Half fill the tarts with the mincemeat mix. Top with some of the financier batter and smooth over with a palette knife.

Return the tarts to the oven and bake for 12 minutes until the financier batter is golden brown and cooked throughout. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche.

The Restaurant – The Goring Dining Room | Beeston Place, Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0JW | 0207 396 9000 | www.thegoring.com

Club Offer – Members and  guests receive a complimentary glass of Champagne when dining for lunch Sunday to Friday or dinner Sunday to Thursday. Click here for more details.

The Dining room at The Goring
The Dining room at The Goring

 

 

Not a member? Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to dine with fabulous benefits throughout the lead up to Christmas. Call membership services on 01276 850581 today and join The Luxury Restaurant Club for 12 months for just £95.00 – or why not purchase as a gift?

Luxury Restaurant Club
Luxury Restaurant Club

 

 

Posted by:Luxury Restaurant Guide

Luxury Restaurant Guide is an online guide and booking system for beautiful 'destination' restaurants who deliver style and exceptional food for memorable dining occasions. We combine the collective knowledge from the Michelin Restaurant Guide and Michelin star awards, the AA Restaurant Guide and AA rosette restaurants, and publications such as The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, with discerning reviews. You can easily reference a restaurant's tally of Michelin stars, AA Rosettes and restaurant rankings for an informed dining choice. Not just city centric, we cover the well-known to the obscure and the en-vogue to the vintage original restaurants. Gourmet followers can join the highly-reputed Luxury Restaurants CLUB for year-round privileges and dining offers at the best Michelin starred restaurants and notable AA Rosette restaurants. Offers are exclusive to Luxury Restaurant Club for affordable fine dining.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s