Christmas mince pies

Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Christmas mince pies
Christmas mince pies
Easy to make and the kids can have fun helping to cut out the shapes - the pastry has a lovely buttery taste too.

115g self-raising flour
285g plain flour
225g butter
55g icing sugar
2 egg yolks
1 jar mincemeat

Preheat the oven to 200⁰C/400⁰F/gas mark 6 

Rub butter into flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Mix in icing sugar. Bind with egg yolks, form into ball. Bring the pastry together with your fingers, kneading as little as possible.

Wrap the ball of pastry in clingfilm or plastic bag and chill in fridge for 30 mins. 

Lightly grease tartlet tins, cut out large and medium circles for base and lids. Use one teaspooon of mincemeat per pie.  Seal the lids using a little water. 

Using a pastry brush, brush lids lightly with milk before baking.

Cut a little hole in the top of each one using a fork or tip of sharp knife.

Bake on the top shelf of the oven for approx 20-25 minutes. 

When golden brown on top, remove from oven and allow to cool for a 5 minutes before removing from tins and cooling fully on a wire rack.

Dust with a little icing sugar and serve warm with cream, icecream or custard.

Serves
18 - 20 pies

Preparation Time
35 minutes

Cooking Time
30 minutes

Main ingredients
Flour, Fruit

Recipe Type
Cakes & Baking, Easy Recipes, Gifts, Cake Stall

Level of Difficulty
Easy

Don't over-knead the pastry, add a touch of water if it doesn't bind easily.
You can make your own homemade mincemeat really easily.

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