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Mince Pies for Santa

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About the bake

After a busy night of present delivering Santa will look forward to these delicious mince pies made with orange pastry and a sneaky glass of whisky. Let him know you've been extra good this year by leaving a few out on Christmas Eve - don't forget a treat for the reindeers too!

42Total Time
30Prep Time
12Bake Time
12Serves
Easy

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan, gas mark 7). Grease a 16 hole mini tartlet tin.

  2. Step 2:

    Put flour and caster sugar into a large bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture.

  3. Step 3:

    Add the finely grated zest of 1/2 orange and 2-3 tablespoons of orange juice. Mix and bring the mixture together to form a ball. Knead lightly, cover with cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

  4. Step 4:

    Roll out the pastry thinly. Use a fluted pastry cutter to press out either 16 circles if you're making mini mince pies or 12 circles if you want to make regular sized mince pies. Use a slightly smaller cutter to make the lids. Line the tin with the larger circles.

  5. Step 5:

    Fill each with a teaspoon of mincemeat and place the smaller pastry lids on top. Brush with a little beaten egg.

  6. Step 6:

    Bake for 10-12 minute until golden.

  7. Step 7:

    Once out of the oven dust with a little icing sugar for that perfect finishing touch.

Ingredients

    • 250g Plain white flour
    • 50g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 125g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 3 tbsp Orange juice
    • 1/2 Orange zest
    • 6 tbsp Mincemeat
    • 1 Large free range egg (beaten)
    • For dusting Icing sugar

Utensils

  • 16 hole mini tartlet tin
  • Zester
  • Cling film
  • Fluted pastry cutter

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