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

Ingredients:

• Two small pots of homemade mincemeat

• 1 ball of shortcrust pastry

• Icing sugar

Method:

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!

 

68 thoughts on “Mince Pies

  1. narf77

    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! ;)

  2. strawberryquicksand

    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!

  3. sockmonkeyskitchen

    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)

  4. Natalie Ward

    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!!

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