And that’s Cree-Whisky!! 😀😀😀 Or Christmas in-a-bite-Tart.
Adding a slosh of decadence to your festive season with a dash of chocolate, mincemeat and a slosh of whisky. What’s not to like?
Using my lovely new, shiny 13” long tart tin again, I have created what could be something of a centre-piece for your table anytime of year, but the use of sweet mincemeat (a favourite of ours) means it’ll fit wonderfully for this coming Christmas.
Resting the pastry a topic for discussion? For this recipe I found there was no need. So don’t bother 😀. There is quite a bit of pastry here, I found that to cover the surface area and keep the pastry sturdy, the thicker the merrier. Plus you can then use the excess for the decoration.
For the pastry;
- 300g gluten free plain flour
- 170g butter – taken out the fridge an hour or so before hand
- 60g Caster sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum (or similar binding agent)
- milk to bring together to form a dough
Stage 1 would be to bake the pastry blind. So Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180c, 160c fan.
I used a food processor to blitz the flour, butter, sugar and gum into breadcrumbs. If you don’t have one, work quickly with your fingers to rub the mixture together to the same point. From the processor, tip the ingredients into a bowl and pour in 30ml of cold milk at first, then a tablespoon at a time, in order to bring the dough together. Adding s little at a time will ensure the dough doesn’t get too sticky, but the dough will take a bit of sticky as the gluten free flour will absorb the liquid.
Once you have that dough, roll out to roughly the 4/5mm thick and fill the tart tin. Retain any surplus pastry dough and wrap in cling film. Prick the surface, cover with a sheet of greaseproof, fill the tart with baking beans and bake blind for 15 minutes. Remove and cool the pastry. Only half stage blind baking is required as it’ll go back into the oven to finish with the filling.
The filling (oven on gas 4, 180c, 160c fan);
- 140g Soft butter
- 140g Caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 85g ground almonds
- 30g cocoa – I use Food Thoughts Cocoa
- 30g gluten free self raising flour
- 180g mincemeat
- generous splashes of whisky (we had some Bowmore in the cupboard…..)
Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add in the eggs one at a time until fully combined. Tip in the dry ingredients, the mincemeat and the splash(es) of whisky and mix in well.
Spread the mix into the pastry case evenly. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut out some little shapes to decorate the surface. Brush with a little milk before baking for 35 – 40 minutes. Check with an inserted skewer, but some moisture is required to the finished bake. The retaining heat will finish the bake-off nicely.
Remove from the oven and cool before serving or cool completely before serving cold. (Best served warm, sprinkled with icing sugar and either cream or custard)
Merry Christmas one and all 🎅🏻😀🎄⛄️