How to make mince pies

How to make mince pies

How to make mince pies

Mince pies are a somewhat of a necessity this time of year, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the kids leaving a mince pie for Santa with a glass of milk and a carrot for Rudolf. If you have the time try making your own shortcrust pastry and mincemeat. Mince pies will keep for a few days in an airtight container.

Ingredients

  • 500g of shortcrust pastry
  • 250g of mincemeat
  • milk, for glazing
  • icing sugar, for dusting
1
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
2
Flour the work surface and roll the pastry out to a thickness of 3mm, keeping turning it 90 degrees as you roll, this will help keep it even
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3
Cut the pastry out with a 8cm diameter cutter
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4
Transfer the circles into a shallow buttered tin and push down gently with your fingers
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5
Place a generous spoonful of mincemeat into each case
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6
Cut out lids with a smaller cutter
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7
Place the lids on top of the mincemeat and press down gently to seal
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8
Brush the pastry with a little milk to glaze
9
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown
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10
Sprinkle with icing sugar to serve
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Variations

For a lighter version try making your mince pies with puff pastry in place of shortcrust, you could even use filo pastry for something a little different. Try topping your mince pies with a spoonful of frangipane as Shay Cooper does in his Mince pie recipe. Adam Byatt’s Mincemeat puffs are a fun alternative to the traditional mince pie, and just as easy to whip up.