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Nana's Banana Mince

I'm going to share today a delicious Christmas recipe that is a family tradition. 

Each year my Nana made the most delicious Banana Mince; in a nutshell Mince Pie Bakes with a bit of banana, and they were the most amazing Christmas treats. They always remind me of Boxing Day when I would spend Christmas with her and the rest of my family down by the coast. Christmas was always her favourite time of the year when all the family got together to eat, drink, open presents and be silly, and as we arrived at her home she would have the fridge and cupboards stacked with food and drink, and in particular boxes and trays of Banana Mince. Since she passed away a few years ago, my family and I continue to follow her Banana Mince recipe as a lovely memory of her at Christmas, but also because it tastes soooo delicious. They're not the prettiest of Christmas treats, but it's not about how they look, it's about how they taste. Our Banana Mince never turn out quite like my Nana's did, but they still taste pretty good. 


1 Jar and a Half of Mincemeat
350g Plain Flour
75g Lard (Cubed)
75g Butter (Cubed)
Pinch of Salt
5 Bananas (Sliced)

Caster Sugar


1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.
2. Add the fats into the bowl and rub the mixture into fine crumbs.
3. Then add just enough water to make it into a dough.
4. Leave the pastry in the fridge for 30 minutes.

5. Cut the pastry dough in half.
6. Roll half the pastry into a thin rectangular sheet and place it onto a greased tray.
7. Cover the sheet of pastry in mincemeat.
8. Cover the mincemeat with a layer of sliced banana.
9. Sprinkle some caster sugar on top of the sliced banana layer.
10. Roll out the other half of the pastry into another rectangular sheet and place it on top of the banana layer.
11. Whisk an egg.
12. Brush the whisked egg over the final layer of pastry.
13. Sprinkle some caster sugar on top.
14. Place the tray in the oven for 30 minutes on 200 degrees celsius.

15. Take it out when it's lovely and golden.
16. Cut into squares and enjoy!


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