Shortbread Mincemeat Slices with cherries

Shortbread Mincemeat Slices with cherries

Shortbread Mincemeat Slices with cherries

So I like a mince pie, but I’m not blown away with all that pastry – please don’t hate me. However I have developed these Shortbread Mincemeat Slices with cherries and I much prefer these ….. hands down

All the same flavours as a mince pie, but with buttery shortbread, flavour packed mincemeat with a layer of ruby red Glace cherries, topped with a  crumble style topping – oh my so so good.

 

Luxury Mince Pies, almost  

And so so super festive.

The whole kitchen smells like Christmas when you bake them – it’s fabulous 

Yes they are rich but you can cut to any size….

I like small squares served with coffee,  or a slightly more substantial slice if I’m really craving sweetness and having as dessert warm with ice cream šŸ™‚ 

 

 

So what actually is mincemeat?  

Well according to Wiki

Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits and spices, and sometimes beef suet, beef, or venison.

Originally, mincemeat always contained meat. Many modern recipes contain beef suet, though vegetable shortening is sometimes used in its place.

Variants of mincemeat are found in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, northern Europe, Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

You can easily make your own mincemeat- but I always buy mine.

Any good quality supermarket jar is perfect for this recipe – I always buy the boozy luxury stuff – but that’s just me <3

 

Mincemeat Traybake – Alternative Mince Pie 

It’s sort of like a mincemeat traybake as it’s all made in one tray – super simple 

It cuts into 20 squares (they are rich) or 16 nice slices – whatever you fancy really 

Easier and more luxurious than standard miscopies I think?? 

 

Step by Step to your Shortbread Mincemeat Slices or Squares 

Step 1

Rub your cold butter into your flour until it resembles breadcrumbs

 

Step 2 

Stir in your golden caster sugar 

 

Step 3 

Empty half your mix into your greased and lined tin and press down and smooth out with the back of a metal spoon 

 

Step 4 

Take your jar of mincemeat and using a teaspoon dot all of it over the base – smooth to a layer 

Taking care not to drag the shortbread base mix with you into the mincemeat 

Next distribute your cherry halves evenly on top of the mincemeat 

 

Step 5 

Tip the remaining half of your mix on top of the cherries – you do not need to press it down, simply make sure there is a covering over all the filling! It’s like a Mincemeat crumble 

And finally BAKE 

***Mincemeat Slice TOP TIP*** 

Leave your Shortbread Mincemeat Slice to cool in the tin overnight and slice the next day 

It firms up and makes it so much easier 

Trust me 

 

 

Just look – way better than a mince pie

 

 

How to serve your Shortbread mincemeat slices 

I like a small slice with a coffee or tea 

Alternatively it’s also delicious warm served with cream (any sort but extra thick double is rather special), ice cream or custard. Maybe brandy cream or brandy butter too would work 

Perfect for the cake tin or lunch boxes and very transportable 

 

Shortbread Mincemeat Slices with cherries served with ice cream

 

Mincemeat Slice Recipe Alternatives & ideas 

  • Why not add a few oats to the top half of the topping mix it’s almost a mincemeat crumble slice recipe
  • Or maybe a few nuts? Almonds or maybe hazelnuts
  • Mincemeat slice with oats, or chopped apples in the mix too to make an Apple & Mincemeat slice? 
  • Or add a few of your favourite spices – cinnamon? Nutmeg? Mixed Spice? 

 

I really hope you enjoy these slices and let me know what you think 

 

Big Love Clare 

 

Other Christmas delights 

I’ve also recently published my show stopping Festive Christmas Cheesecake – Have a go it really is easy! 

Christmas Cheesecake - side view of finished Cheesecake

Baked Shortbread Mincemeat Slices with cherries

Shortbread Mincemeat Slice

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 20
Calories: 248kcal
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A delicious Mincemeat slice perfect hot or cold! Yum

Equipment

  • 8 x 12 inch baking tray / 20.3 x 30.5cm

Ingredients

  • 400 grams Plain Flour
  • 250 grams Butter Fridge temp - cubed
  • 50 grams Golden Caster Sugar
  • 400 grams Mincemeat jar
  • 100 grams Glace Cherries halved

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4
  • First grease and line your baking tin with baking paper
  • In a large bowl add you flour and cubed fridge temperature butter, rub the butter into the flour with your finger tips until it resembles breadcrumbs
    butter rubbed into flour
  • Next stir in your sugar
  • Tip half the mix into your greased and lined tin and using a metal spoon press down and smooth
  • Open your mincemeat and using a teaspoon dot all over the base to form a layer (do not drag the mincemeat over the base else it will lift the shorbread)
  • Distribute your chopped cherries over the mincemeat
    Mincemeat Slice - shortbread base with mincemeat and cherries before the topping is placed on
  • Finally tip the remaining half of your mix over the cherries and cover the filling. You do not need to press it down
    Mincemeat Slice - shortbread pressed in the tin
  • Bake for approximately 35-40 minus until, golden brown
  • Leave to cool in the tin overnight if possible before slicing. This will help it firm up and makes it much easier to slice
    Baked Shortbread Mincemeat Slices with cherries

Notes

*** All nutritional information is approximate and intended as a guideĀ 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Shortbread Mincemeat Slice
Amount per Serving
Calories
248
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
27
mg
9
%
Sodium
 
201
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
25
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
36
g
12
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
18
g
20
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
312
IU
6
%
Calcium
 
6
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments

  1. Can I use blueberries instead of cherries and does it freeze? Thank you.

    1. Hi Fiona
      I haven’t tried with blueberries but it should work. The cherries I used are Glace
      I also think freezing its would soften the shortbread
      Thanks Clare

  2. What is the approximate serving size in the Nutritional Information?

    1. Hi Glynnis
      It’s per portion and this cuts into 20
      Thanks Clare

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