Mince Pies

Mince Pie Recipe

Sorry chaps, just a short, sharp to-the-point mince pie recipe – ‘tis the day for merriment and all that! I’ve given you a recipe for shortcrust pastry and a recipe for mincemeat too, but I’ve yet to bring them together under one all-embracing banner until this moment! Once you’ve made mince pies yourself, especially if you’ve done it the frugal way, you’ll never go back – homemade mincemeat is just too good and handmade pastry is simply a delight. The kick of the brandy, which is present in prodigious quantity, combined with the flavour of the fruit is very tricky to rival. Remember to never underestimate the power of a well-made mince pie!

I had planned to bring you so many more recipes this Christmas, but the weather had other ideas… I’m not making excuses – check the British news! Still, these must make up for the inclemency of the weather somewhat – they certainly brightened up my day. Any who – wishing you a Merry Christmas, may this recipe serve you well for years to come! See you all in a couple of days with a new delight!

P.S. If you’d like to see what I’ve been making for Christmas Day, please see my Facebook page!

Mince Pies

Makes 15-20


• Two small pots of homemade mincemeat

• 1 ball of shortcrust pastry

• Icing sugar


1. Prepare your mincemeat and pastry separately according to the above recipes – make sure the mincemeat has been given ample time to mature. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Roll the pastry out until 2-3mm thick.

Mince Pie Recipe

2. Cut out circles of pastry large enough to fill the bases of a cupcake tray, place them inside. Fill each with a spoonful of mincemeat and cover over with a slightly smaller disc of pastry. Press the pastry down, bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Dust with icing sugar and enjoy!

Mince Pie Recipe

Cost: According to my previous recipe, this batch of mince pies should cost no more than around £1.30 – what an incredibly frugal recipe!


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69 comments on “Mince Pies

  1. theglobalgarnishgeek
    December 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    This photo is prettier than a Christmas card. Just love it. 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you Frugal!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Surely that depends on how pretty the Christmas card is! Merry Christmas!

  2. Meredith
    December 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    hey, great minds think alike! your mince meat is much cuter though, I love the little pies with their little hats of dough. Merry Christmas!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Hehe – thanks! Merry Christmas, Meredith!

  3. puravida
    December 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing this and so many other great recipes. Merry Christmas!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Merry Christmas! Thanks for such a lovely comment!

  4. narf77
    December 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Christmas is too busy to be making mince pies on the 25th…get those jars of homemade fruit mince and bung them into bowls and top them with good quality (or home made if you are so inclined) vanilla icecream! Even better…just get a spoon and hand those jars of fruit mince around. By the time everyone has finished scarfing their weights worth of Christmas degustatory treats there isn’t much room left for sweet things and allowing people to self monitor the room left in their stomachs to pump full of fruit mince is a good idea! No waste that way 🙂 Oh go on, top the jar with clotted cream once you open it…just this once! 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      December 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Indeed it is – so we didn’t :D. Not bad ideas :D. We had some proper Cornish clotted stuff, it was amazing… so amazing…

  5. putneyfarm
    December 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Beautiful…Merry Christmas!

  6. White Elephant
    December 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I’m not sure what I like more, the pies or your photographing of them. Stunning!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks so much – the pies though, I’m sure!

  7. angelica | table twenty eight
    December 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    The first photo is beautiful – great composure!

  8. LondonBusyBody.com
    December 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Love the lights glistening in the background. Always well done!

  9. Chocolate Chilli Mango®
    December 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Love it! Merry Christmas!

  10. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    December 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Those look fantastic!

  11. strawberryquicksand
    December 26, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Hmmm sorry to be picky here, but in Australia mincemeat goes into a MEAT pie and fruit mince goes into a mince pie. 🙂 I started out thinking you were celebrating Christmas with a meat pie and was wondering where the tomato sauce, footy and beer were to accompany it! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Well, not here… I think you’re thinking of ‘minced meat’ and not ‘mincemeat’. Merry Christmas!

  12. sockmonkeyskitchen
    December 26, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Being from Southern California I have never had a mincemeat pie… But after reading your recipe… Ohmygosh… I’m asking myself what has taken me so long?! Perhaps because I’d thought they all had suet..? In any sense thank you for posting this wonderful recipe, and Merry Christmas (as it still is, here in the states) =0)

    • frugalfeeding
      December 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      OH make one! You must! They usually do, but I prefer those without!

  13. Maya Oryan
    December 26, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Wow! Love the pictures!!

  14. mydearbakes
    December 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    This post is making me so hungry! =D

  15. Francesca
    December 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Happy Holidays to you and you family too.

  16. chef mimi
    December 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Beautiful photograph!

  17. angi-o
    December 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    beautiful phototgraphy!

  18. Korena in the Kitchen
    December 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Happy Christmas Nick!

  19. onceuponarecipe
    December 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Merry Christmas Nick! Hope you had a fantastic day!

  20. petit4chocolatier
    December 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Love these; deliciously adorable pies!

  21. Michelle
    December 27, 2012 at 12:32 am

    So cute!

  22. Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy
    December 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

    That is just so very pretty!

  23. Lesley
    December 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Absolutely gorgeous photo!

  24. egg me on
    December 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    A (belated) Merry Christmas to you! Great mini pies, man.

  25. mrswebbinthekitchen
    December 28, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I love this method of making individual pies- too cute! And the lights in your background… stunning!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks! They are indeed! I was so please with how those lights came across.

  26. Laurie
    December 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Lovely photos! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas!

  27. Sasha
    December 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I love foods that come in their own little handheld packages. Yum. Happy new year!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Haha – makes them easier to eat! Happy New Year

  28. baconbiscuit212
    December 29, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Mince pies! I love them because they taste wonderful and are so darn tootin’ cute! I have always been intimidated to make them though. But if you can, so can I! Thanks, Nick!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Indeed! We have leftover mincemeat too! They’re so easy, Daisy!

  29. Lora Koceva
    December 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I have forgotten what amazing photos you are making. And of course the recipes….mmm

  30. Natalie Ward
    December 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The whole mincemeat versus minced meat thing from the Aussie up there reminded me of when Rachel (on Friends) made a Traditonal English trifle for Thanksgiving that had a layer of minced meat and peas in it! Joey still ate it though! Anyway need to stop watching back to back Friends episodes on Comedy central and start blogging again! Beautiful twinkly lights shot, I love it. Happy New Year!!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Haha – that’s gross… Thanks, Natalie! I used to love Friends 😀

  31. Somer
    December 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I think these are my favorite photos of yours yet. Magical. . . and the mincemeat recipe is just lovely. Thanks for sharing this. Happy Holidays Nick 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      thanks so much, Somer – they are my faves too!

  32. twophdsbaking
    January 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Oooh…making more recipes using pastry dough is on our to-do list for 2013. We’ll give these a try! They look terrific.

  33. Anita Mac
    January 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    They look awesome!

  34. Francesca
    December 16, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    My absolute favorite thing about my boyfriend’s mum: minced pies!! These look awesome.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 17, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Haha – my mum makes excellent mince pies too!

  35. Dewese
    December 20, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I have always thought mincemeat pies were meat, but recently found out they are fruity deliciousness. I am making them for our Chrismas family get together this year. Maybe I will be starting a new tradition.

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