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23rd Dec 2020

Now you can make AVOCA’s super-festive chocolate and orange mince pies at home

AVOCA’s Chocolate and Orange Mince Pies

Looking for the perfect festive treat to serve up when you have visitors over the Christmas holidays?

AVOCA got you covered.

Our favourite food, fashion and homeware brand has just shared the recipe for their super-festive dark chocolate and orange mince pies, and honestly, you can’t get more Christmas-y than that.

The combination of rich dark chocolate and orange is a real winner – meaning, if you are looking to drop off the perfect foodie treat to someone who might be cocooning or staying at home this Christmas, these mince pies are it!

This recipe makes about 20-24 mince pies depending on the size of the muffin tins.

Preheat oven to 165°c / gas mark 4 ½


For the chocolate pastry

400g plain flour

275g unsalted butter

75g icing sugar

75g ground almonds

75g ground almonds

50g cocoa powder

2 large egg yolks

2-3 tbsp milk

For the mincemeat

450g raisins

225g sultanas

225g currants

900g dark brown muscovado sugar

450g vegetarian suet

110g mixed peel

125ml brandy or whiskey

3 tbsp marmalade

2 large cooking apples, grated

Zest of 3 large oranges

100g good quality dark chocolate, coarsely grated

To make

The chocolate pastry

  1. Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the icing sugar, ground almonds and cocoa powder.
  2. Make a well in the centre. Add the egg yolks (and a little milk if necessary) and mix until it comes together in a ball.
  3. Wrap in Clingfilm, refrigerate and leave to rest for 20-30 minutes.

The mincemeat

  1. In a large bowl combine all the dried fruit, cover the fruit with boiling water and allow to plump up in the liquid for 30 minutes, then drain well.
  2. Transfer the drained fruit into a clean bowl and mix in the remaining ingredients, stirring well.
  3. The mincemeat is better if it is matured for a few days before being used.

To make The Mince Pies

  1. Grease the mince pie or muffin tins well.
  2. Roll the chocolate pastry out to about 3mm thick and cut out 24 circles, around 2cm larger than the diameter of the holes in your tin. Then line the tins.
  3. For the top of the pies cut out 24 smaller stars, holly leaves or Christmas trees to use as lids.
  4. Generously fill the pastry bases with the chocolate mincemeat, then place a lid on top and gently brush with a little milk.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool slightly in the tin and then remove from the tray to cool fully on a wire rack.
  7. Dust with icing sugar and serve. These keep well in an airtight container for up to a week.


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