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Mince Pies

The combination of melt-in-the-mouth pastry and mincemeat make mince pies a strong contender for the ultimate Christmas bake. These star-shaped treats are packed with a rich, fruity filling and plenty of ground cinnamon for quintessential festive flavour. Irresistible with a dollop of cream!

Top tip: Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and a little grated orange zest to your pastry to make it extra Christmassy.

Ingredients
Preparation
15 mins Prep Time 25 mins Cook Time
15 mins Prep Time
25 mins Cook Time
  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4.

  • Cook’s Notes

  • Try making your own sweet shortcrust pastry - see our recipe, or watch it being made in our Cook’s Guide video.

  • These mince pies can be kept in an airtight container for 2-3 days, or can be frozen and re-heated to serve warm.

  • Dust work surface, pastry and rolling pin with flour, then roll out pastry to a thickness of around 3mm. Use a large circular cutter cut 24 bases and using a star shaped cutter cut 24 lids. Remember to re-roll any spare pastry to cut extra bases and star shapes until you have used it all up.

  • Press bases into a greased or non-stick patty tin. Mix the mincemeat with the Cinnamon and add 1 tsp to each base, ensuring not to overfill to prevent mincemeat bubbling over the pastry.

  • Place pastry stars on top of the bases, and press to gently seal the edges. Brush the stars and edges with the milk, before cooking in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool and dust with icing sugar if desired.

  • Mix the mincemeat with the Mixed Spice and add a teaspoon of mincemeat to each base, don’t overfill otherwise they will explode.

  • Brush the lids with milk and place on top of the bases, milk-side down, press gently to seal the edges. Brush the top of the lids and edges with milk and pierce with a sharp knife.

  • Mix the sugar and Cinnamon together in a small bowl and sprinkle over the mince pies.

  • Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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