Festive Mince Pies

Mince Pies can be a really simple bake and something to get all the family involved! Try our quick recipe using shop bought mincemeat and pastry, or step it up and or have a go at making your own mincemeat and pastry.

Quick Mince Pies: Makes 12.

You Will Need:

1 300g Jar Mincemeat

1 pack (320g) ready rolled pastry (we used puff on this occasion but you can use shortcrust)

butter of margarine for greasing the tin

Icing sugar for dusting

12 hole muffin tin or similar

1 round cutter or glass roughly 8-10cm diameter

1 star cutter, or smaller glass for lid 5-6cm diameter

1 teaspoon

1 rolling pin or glass bottle.

To Make:

1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees (160 fan), gas mark 3

2. Grease the muffin tin with the butter

3. Unroll the pastry, keeping it on the paper it comes in, and use the larger cutter to make the base of a mince pie and place it in the muffin tray. Spoon a teaspoon of mincemeat into the tin, and cut out a lid with the star or smaller cutter.

(top tip- cut the tops at the same time as the bottoms so you don’t run out of pastry)

4. Repeat step 3 until there is no space to cut any more. Roll the trimmings into a ball and roll out again to cut more.

5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

6. Wait for them to cool before dusting with icing sugar.

Homemade Mincemeat: (Vegan friendly) makes up to 3 x 300g Jars

You Will Need:

200g each Sultanas, Raisins and Currants

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

250g Soft Brown Sugar

1tsp Mixed Spice

2 Large Bramley Apples, peeled cored and diced.

6 tbsp Brandy or Dark Rum

To Make:

1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and soak for 12-24 hours

2. Pack into sterilized jars and seal

3. Store in a cool dry place or the fridge

Homemade Shortcrust Pastry: makes 340g.

You Will Need:

250g Plain Flour

pinch of salt

110g butter, cubed

60-90ml /4-6 tbsp cold water

To Make:

1. Put the flour and salt into a large bowl with the butter. using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until you have what look like breadcrumbs.

2. Add a splash of water and stir using a knife to bring the dough into a ball. You may need to add more water, but add a bit at a time to avoid dough that is too wet.

3. Cover the dough and chill in the fridge for at least 10-15 minutes.