Traditional mince pies

  • Total Time

    45m
    • Prep Time

      30m
    • Bake Time

      15m
  • Serves

    24
  • Skill Level

    Easy
  • Dietary Needs

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This traditional mince pie recipe has a deliciously short and buttery pastry crust. They are so simple to make and an adorable homemade gift. For an extra special touch why not try making your own mincemeat too?

Method

  1. For the pastry, place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and using your fingers, gently rub in the butter and lard until it resembles breadcrumbs (or place in food processor and whiz until it resembles breadcrumbs).

  2. Add 2-3 tbsp of ice cold water, a little at a time, until it comes together in a soft dough. Knead gently into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for 15 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 220 °C (fan 200°C, gas mark 7). On a lightly floured surface, roll out half the pastry until 3mm thick. Take a 7.5 cm fluted cutter and stamp out 24 circles and use to line 2 x 12 hole bun tins.

  4. Place a heaped tsp of mincemeat into each pastry case.

  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the remaining pastry and using a 7cm fluted cutter, stamp out 24 lids and place on top of the mincemeat.

  6. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the tins, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve warm or cold.

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