I thought with Christmas right around the corner, this would be the best time to show you my mince pie recipe. Before this time, I have never even tried mince pies – the thought of them just didn’t appeal to me. But considering I baked them, I thought I best try them and I actually really liked them. Considering I’ve never eaten a mince pie, let alone making them, I was quite nervous how they would turn out. But no fear, I have a nice easy recipe for you! So let’s get to it…
- 140g dairy free butter
- 225g plain flour
- 50g golden caster sugar
- 1egg yolk
- 1-2tsp cold water
- 280g mincemeat
- 1 egg beaten
- Icing sugar for dusting
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Grease your tin with butter – I used a cupcake tin and granted they were a little too deep but hey, it worked!
Step 2: Rub the butter, into the flour. Add in the caster sugar and rub until a crumbly mixture.
Step 3: Add the egg yolk and the water until it turns to a soft dough. At this point, turn it out, wrap it in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.
Step 4: After it is chilled, flour your worktop well so as the dough does not stick. Roll it out for about 3mm thick and cut out around 18 circle which measure 7.5cm. (I’m not going to lie to you guys, I actually used a glass to cut the circles out because I actually don’t own a pastry cutter!)
Step 5: Place these into the tins. If you use a slightly deeper one like myself you might need to push them down slightly. Fill each one with mincemeat now. I used slightly more than is in my ingredients list but just a spoonful in one is right!
Step 6: Put the left over pastry back in a ball and re-roll to the same thickness as before and cut out your toppers. I chose to do stars, but you just do circles or any shape you wanted. Pop them on the top of the so-far prepared mince pies.
Step 7: Beat an egg and lightly brush the tops of the mince pies. Bake in the oven for around 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.
Step 8: Remove from the oven and leave to cool. When they are cool, lightly dust with icing sugar and enjoy!
Easy, right? I know mine might look a little messy and definitely don’t all look the same – but in a way that’s what I love about them. I love that you can tell they are homemade so people know you’ve gone to extra effort to bake them especially. My kitchen definitely smelt like Christmas after this and whilst baking to Christmas music, I am not 100% ready for Christmas. Are you in the festive spirit? What makes you feel ready for Christmas?
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