Sunday, 10 November 2013

Recipe Sunday! Vegan Christmas treats

I know, I know it is a little early to mention the C word quite yet! You know...Christmas, but I posted a quick snap of this treat on Instagram last week and someone very sweetly asked for the recipe!  So here it is.  This is my variation of a recipe which my Mum and Grandma used to make.  It has gone down so well in our house that it will now replace the traditional mince pies this year.  I think Grandma would be proud.
Happy Baking!

160g soya margarine
95g soft brown sugar
2tsp cardamom, ground
250g wholemeal plain flour
125g porridge oats
1 340g jar vegan mincemeat 
(my favourite is this one from Meridian which is widely available)

Preheat the oven to 180C.
Line an 11x7" flapjack tin with baking parchment and set aside.
Place the margarine, sugar and cardamom in a small non-stick pan over a low heat until the margarine has melted and the sugar dissolved.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl combine the flour and oats.
When the margarine mixture is ready pour into the flour and oats and mix well.  The mixture will look like rough bread crumbs rather than a dough so don't panic if it feel a little dry.
Spoon half the mix into the prepared tin and press down well to form the base of the slice.  Next spread the mincemeat over in an even layer.  Sprinkle over the remaining flour mixture and place into the oven.  
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is lightly golden.  Remove from the oven and cool.  Cut into pieces and enjoy, I like it best a little warm with a spoon of vanilla soya yogurt and a cup of Earl Grey.

Quick dull health and safety note:  The mincemeat achieves a temperature close to lava so don't give in to temptation and try and sample too soon!! Let it cool for a good ten minutes at least.  Remember a burnt tongue is no fun at all.

1 comment:

  1. Duly noted health and safety note. I needed that. I have a penchant for mouth watering snacks as they come out of the oven!