This time made with chestnut flour, which has quite a distinct taste, but is naturally sweet and a nice alternative…
200g chestnut flour
15g chopped almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix all dry ingredients with the butter to make breadcrumbs, then add the egg. Bring together and knead slightly and when you have a workable dough, put in a plastic bag and put in the fridge. Leave for at least one hour or overnight. Then start on the filling…
1 finely chopped medium apple
40g finely chopped blanched almonds
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Pinch of cloves – milled
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tbsp cinnamon
Water – keep adding so it does not dry out
Put all the ingredients in a pan over the hob and cook slowly for around 30 minutes adding the water as you go, until it forms a pulp-like consistency. Ideally leave overnight to let the flavours come through, but if time is limited a few hours is ok too.
Then start rolling out the pastry as thinly as you can. Then start making your bottom layer, fill with the mincemeat and then use smaller circles for the tops, or just star shapes if don’t want too much pastry. Brush with egg if preferred. Put in a preheated oven (190’C) for 15-20 minutes or until browned.
Remove from oven and let sit for a while and then enjoy!