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Christmas Mince pies

 The ultimate festive dessert. It’s not Christmas until I have made these wonderful mince pies!

christmas mince pies

Preparation time: 20'

Baking time: 25'

Servings: 8 medium mince pies 

Ingredients

For the dough

180 g flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

90 g butter chopped

30 g sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon lemon zest


Method

  1. Pour all the dough ingredients into a bowl and knead for a few minutes until you have a soft dough.

  2. On a floured surface, open 3/4 of the dough to a thickness of about 3 mm using a rolling pin.  Using the top of a large mug, cut the dough into disks. Fit each disk into a silicone cup cake case.

  3. Fill each case with 2 teaspoons of mince meat.

  4. Open the rest of the dough with your rolling pin, flouring your surface a bit more.  Cut the dough into star shapes or any other shape you fancy with our cookie cutters. Top each mince pie with a star and place the mince pies in a baking pan.

  5. Bake the mince pies for 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 °C. When the mince pies have completely cooled, carefully remove them from their cases. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve!

Recipe Notes

You can buy ready made Christmas Mince Meat or make your own using our great recipe below.

Makes 2 x 250ml jars

Ingredients

For the Christmas Mince Meat:

220 g raisins

50 g dried apricots, chopped

35 g dried cherries

330 g apples, peeled and diced

30 g brandy

120 g sugar

Zest of half a lemon

Juice of half a lemon

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


Method

  1. Make the mince meat by pouring all its ingredients into a sauce pan 
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, cover the pan and simmer for 30 minutes.