Mince Pies are amazing! They are one of my favourite Christmas treats, particularly as you only get to eat them once a year. Even better than mince pies are homemade mince pies, eaten hot out the oven- dusted with icing sugar..
I tried out a new recipe this year- from Mary Berry’s Christmas collection (You may be able to tell I am really loving this cookbook this year.) I made a couple of variations, one that I didn’t use the zest of one orange in the pastry, and the other being that I used milk instead of a beaten egg to glaze it. As I was using my homemade mincemeat, I figured that I didn’t need the orange zest because it already had plenty of flavour.
It is a super simple pastry recipe and I love it! It is very quick to make, and uses a food processor.
You will need one or two bun tins. Depending on how thinly you roll your pastry you can make between 12-18 mince pies.
- 175g plain flour
- 75g butter, cut into cubes
- 25g icing sugar
- 1 egg beaten
- Jar of mincemeat (there will probably be leftover)
- Milk to glaze
- Icing sugar or caster sugar for glazing
To make the pastry, measure the flour, butter and icing sugar into the food processor bowl. Process until it resembles breadcrumbs. Pour in the egg and pulse until the dough begins to form a ball. Knead lightly on a floured surface.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan
Roll the pastry out thinly and cut out 12-18 rounds. Use to line the bun tins. Spoon a generously heaped teaspoon of mincemeat into each pastry case.
Re-roll the leftover pastry and cut out stars using a star cutter. Put a star on top of each mince pie and brush with milk.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 mins until golden and crisp. Allow to cool slightly, and dust with icing sugar or caster sugar before serving.
These mince pies can be frozen for up to a month (and defrosted at room temperature before reheating) or stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They can be reheated in an oven at 160°C/140°C Fan for 8-10 mins. If so don’t dust with icing sugar until ready to serve.
I’d love to hear peoples favourite Christmas treats!