Spiced Mincemeat Squares (Makes 12 - 16 squares)
These delicately spiced mincemeat squares are so easy to make. They require no rubbing in, rolling or cutting out and make a nice change from traditional mince pies.
225g wholewheat flour
100g porridge oats
1½ tsps ground cinnamon
1½ tsps mixed spice
75g soft brown sugar
225g jar mincemeat
icing sugar, to finish
Heat the oven to 200ºC / Gas 6. Grease and line a shallow baking tin (approx. 22 x 22 cm). If you have a loose-based one, that is helpful.
Mix together the flour, oats and spices. Heat the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over a gentle heat. When the sugar has melted, remove from the heat and gradually mix well into the dry ingredients.
Spoon half the mixture into the prepared tin and press down firmly making sure that it covers the whole tin. You do not need a light touch here as the firmer you press the mixture down the easier it will be to cut into slices when cooked. Spread the mincemeat evenly over the base, then sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top, covering as much of the mincemeat as possible.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, loosely covering the top with a piece of foil if it begins to get too brown. Cool then cut into squares. Dredge with icing sugar before serving.