How To Make Mince Pies

how to make mince pies

Baking blogger Lisa Duffy has created this delicious mince pie recipe using some of The Range’s nifty baking and cake making supplies. You can read more of her irresistible recipes on Good Food, Shared here! We particularly recommend her.

The festive season is almost upon us and what better way to celebrate with family and friends than with some home baked mince pies. These tasty treats are the perfect way to share a little Christmas cheer.

The best part of these tasty treats is that they can be made in advance and shared out at a moment’s notice. The pies can be frozen once baked (place them on a flat baking tray, freeze until solid then pack into an airtight container until needed) and can then be defrosted in a warm oven for 8-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Mince Pie Ingredients

  • • 454g Jar Mincemeat
  • • 1 tbsp Brandy (optional)
  • • Juice and zest of one Clementine
  • • 3 tbsp Ground almonds
  • • 200g Plain flour plus extra for dusting
  • • Pinch of salt
  • • 25g Icing sugar
  • • 100g Margarine block (or 50g cold butter and 50g margarine)
  • • 4-5 tbsp Cold water
  • • 1 Medium egg

Mince Pie Recipe

STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/Gas Mark 5. Lightly grease a 12 hole bun tray.

STEP 2: Place the mincemeat in a small bowl, add the Brandy (if using) and the juice and zest of the clementine.

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STEP 3: Stir in the ground almonds and mix thoroughly, set aside.

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STEP 4: Meanwhile sift the flour, salt and icing sugar into a large bowl, stir to mix.

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STEP 5: Dice the margarine into small cubes and add to the flour mixture.

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STEP 6: Gradually add the cold water, a tablespoon at a time and mix with a butter knife. When the mix starts to come together, tip onto a large piece of cling film.

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STEP 7: Flatten the pastry into a disk shape and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This allows the pastry to “rest” thus preventing it from shrinking when baked (nothing worse!!).

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STEP 8: When the pastry has chilled, roll it out on a clean work surface lightly dusted with flour until it is about 3mm thick.

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STEP 9: Using an 8½ cm diameter round cutter, cut out 12 rounds and line the bun tin. Using a teaspoon, ¾ fill each of the pies with the mincemeat. Gather the scraps and re-roll the pastry, cut out the lids with a round 8cm cutter. Dampen the edges of the pies and top with the lid, press in place firmly. You can seal the lid with your fingers or with a fork. Cut two diagonal slits in the lid with a sharp knife.

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STEP 10: If you have star or snowflake cutter around the house they will really add to the festive theme to your pies.

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STEP 11: Whisk the egg with a drop of milk and brush the top of the pies.

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STEP 12: Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

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STEP 13: Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

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Dust liberally with icing sugar and serve as they are or with some custard.

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The rich filling is wrapped in the light and crisp pastry, a perfect combination.

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Written by Lisa Duffy. For more of her delicious recipes be sure to check out her blog or visit her on Twitter on @GoodFoodShared!

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