We love mince pies in our house and my criteria for everything I cook is that it has to be easy/quick/minimal effort. In fact, these are so easy, my 10 year old has now declared himself ‘chief mince pie maker’ and does these all by himself.
I have tried many different pastry recipes over the years, but for mince pies, I have settled on this one since it is sweeter and I think a sweeter pastry works much better, it is Christmas after all.
My other big tip, is that you can make pastry in a food processor. It was a total revelation when I discovered this. My Mum asked me at the weekend, which attachment I used for making pastry? I answered, the same attachment that I use for everything, the basic blade. I do have other attachments somewhere, but for the last 15 years, I have been using just the one basic blade for everything and so far so good.
Making pastry in a food processor takes just minutes. If you don’t have a food processor, you can still make the recipe by hand and the prep time will be about 10 minutes.
Makes about 12 mince pies
200g plain flour
40g golden caster sugar
75g ground almonds
12 heaped teaspoons of sweet mincemeat
1 large egg, beaten
milk to glaze
- Mix all the ingredients, apart from the egg, together in the food processor until it resembles crumbs then slowly add the egg and wait until the pastry forms. Switch off and remove the pastry from the mixer. Alternatively, mix the dry ingredients together then rub in the butter with your hands until you get a crumb consistency before adding the egg and kneading it together to form the pastry.
- Divide the pastry into 2 balls, wrap in clingfilm and put in the fridge for about 1 hour.
- Grease a mince pie baking tray with butter or lard.
- Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6
- Sprinkle a little flour on the work surface and roll out the pastry. Using pastry cutters, cut out the top and bottoms of the mince pies.
- Place the bottoms in the mince pie tray, add a spoonful of mincemeat, brush the edges with a little milk and place the lids on top. Stick the edges together and prick the top with a fork to allow steam to escape.
- Place on the middle shelf of the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
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Merry Christmas x