The sign of mince pies in the shops means the festive season has begun. They are still a favourite family tradition during this time or year and have been around since the 18th Century. Whether you are enjoying biting into one with a glass of mulled wine in the comforts of your home or at a Christmas party they are crispy and full of flavour. Mince Pies now come in many varieties and are widely available.
This mince pie recipe is easy to make and will make around 12 pies.
225g Plain Flour
2 Tablespoons Caster Sugar, extra for sprinkling
125g Unsalted Butter
1 Large Egg, beaten
Milk, to glaze
- First lightly butter a 12-case baking tray. Using a large mixing bowl, tip the mince meat into this and stir so the liquid from this is evenly distributed.
- In a food processor or by hand you will need to mix together the flour, sugar and butter until it resembled breadcrumbs, this is to make the pastry. Slowly add and stir in the egg.
- When the mixture is ready it will need to chill for around a hour, wrap the mixture in cling film.
- Once this is complete you will need to roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut out 12 circles with a pastry cutter. Place each one into the tin and fill evenly with mincemeat.
- Using a star shaped pastry cutter, cut out 12 stars to use as the topping of each mince pie.
- Lightly brush with milk and chill for 30 minutes. Whilst chilling, pre heat the oven to 200C.
- Place the pies in the oven and bake for around 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Leave to cool on a wire cooling rack and sprinkle with caster sugar to finish.