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Hi to all you foody girls,
Not to be taken too seriously, given the topicality, but archaeologists are trying to make sense of their findings at Stonehenge and associated sites. They have suggested mince pie type food might have been with us since neolithic times. The following recipe was suggested, although some of the ingredients are not exactly to hand in a typical food larder.
Recipe: Neolithic-inspired mince pies (makes 6)
—- edit: courtesy of English Heritage
To make these vegetarian, simply swap the lard for a vegan or vegetarian fat product.
For the pastry:
2 x handfuls of emmer flour
½ handful of hazelnut flour
Knob of lard
A few drops of water
For the filling:
Four crab apples or small sour apples
A few blackberries
A few sloes
Pureed rose hips (about a spoonful)
A spoonful of honey
A handful of whole berries
A couple of crushed hazelnuts
For the decoration:
Some linseeds and a drizzle of honey for the tops
1. Preheat your oven to 210C electric /190C fan/gas mark 5. Cut up your compote filling ingredients and put them in a saucepan on a medium heat, stew until tender.
2. Mix the flours with the lard and a few drops of water until you have a firm dough.
3. Create six circles for the pie bottoms, and six slightly smaller circles for the tops. Place the bases into cases in a muffin tin and spoon in cooked compote.
4. Take lids and brush one side with water and place water-side down, pressing the edges to seal.
5. Once all of the lids are on, brush their tops with water and sprinkle with honey, linseeds and crushed hazelnuts.
6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch.
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