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Its best to use shortcrust pastry when making mince pies. if you want a flaky topping use puff pastry for the lids only. Why not try adding finely grated orange zest to your dessert pastry or shortcrust for a citrus change. Top your mince pies with pastry stars or a lattice of pastry strips, or add a marzipan star instead of pastry. You can also top your mince pies with a little crumble mixture, or some flaked almonds, and dust with icing sugar or drizzle with a little glacé icing.   To make your mince pies really crisp and golden, brush the pastry tops with a tiny bit of beaten egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar before baking.