I know it’s really easy to pick up a pack of mince pies in just about supermarket at the moment, but this year I thought it’d be fun to give making them myself a go. They’re actually really quick and easy to make if you pick up a jar of mincemeat, so here is the recipe I followed to make home-made mince pies!
450g plain flour
250g unsalted butter
150g icing sugar
2 egg whites
To make the pastry:
Place the flour and butter in a food processor, give it a quick burst at high speed to reduce it to a crumb-like consistency.
Then add the lemon zest and icing sugar and give it another quick burst.
Finally add the egg whites and enough milk to bring the dough together. Wrap it in cling film and chill for 1 hour or overnight.
To make the mince pies:
Preheat the oven to 170°c (fan) /190°c/gas mark 5. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured worktop and, using a fluted pastry cuter, cut out circles to fit fairy-cake racks.
Place in the tins and fill with 1 heaped teaspoon mincemeat.
Roll the trimmings and cut out shapes slightly smaller than the pie diameter and lay one in the centre of each pie.
Bake for 15 minutes until the pastry is pale gold. Leave to cool, then dust with icing sugar and remove from the tins.
They can be served warm, about 20 minutes out of the oven, or reheated for 5 minutes at 150°c (fan)/170°c /gas mark 3.
It really is as quick and simple as that, so I would wholeheartedly recommend giving these a go, because you can show off your baking skills, with minimal effort!
Let me know if you’re making/have made mince pies this year, or what your favourite Christmas baking treat is!