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Mince Pies


So far, 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…

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!

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.


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!


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

71 replies on “Mince Pies”

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! 😉

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!

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)

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!!

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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