Unbelievably easy mince pies

Unbelievably easy mince pies

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins - 40 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 18 pies

You can throw the dough around and the mince pies still come out crisp and biscuity in this kid-friendly Christmas recipe

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen uncooked
Nutrition info

Nutrition per pie

kcalories
222
protein
2g
carbs
30g
fat
11g
saturates
7g
fibre
1g
sugar
12g
salt
0.26g

Ingredients

  • 225g cold butter, diced
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 280g mincemeat
  • 1 small egg
  • icing sugar, to dust

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Method

  1. To make the pastry, rub 225g cold, diced butter into 350g plain flour, then mix in 100g golden caster sugar and a pinch of salt. Combine the pastry into a ball – don’t add liquid – and knead it briefly. The dough will be fairly firm, like shortbread dough. You can use the dough immediately, or chill for later.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Line 18 holes of two 12-hole patty tins, by pressing small walnut-sized balls of pastry into each hole. Spoon 280g mincemeat into the pies.
  3. Take slightly smaller balls of pastry than before and pat them out between your hands to make round lids, big enough to cover the pies. Top the pies with their lids, pressing the edges gently together to seal – you don’t need to seal them with milk or egg as they will stick on their own. (The pies may now be frozen for up to 1 month).
  4. Beat 1 small egg and brush the tops of the pies. Bake for 20 minutes until golden. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack. To serve, lightly dust with icing sugar. They will keep for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2002

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vickiloulou's picture
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Very easy to make and really tasty mince pies. Everyone who ate them said they were delicious which amazed me as they were so easy! I cut a star shape for the top of each cake really pleased with outcome.

rogune's picture

The pastry is absolutely delicious & easy to make BUT how do you get them out of the tins without them crumbling. I greased the tins in a non stick pan but most just crumbled & I was to take the out with me. Help with any suggestions please as I love the recipe.

cookpauline's picture
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AMAZING - I did have one stick to the tin, but the secret is to leave them for 10 mins before turning out. I've never had much success in the past with mincepies, but these are foolproof!

lemurin's picture

Fabulous recipe. Do recommend adding a beaten egg to mixture as it is rather dry. I rolled it out and used a cutter. Rolled to thickness of about a £1 coin and only got 12 out if it. Will definitely use again!

piggylover's picture

These mince pies are really tasty but i wouldnt really call them easy. It takes me forever to press them all into the tin and gets rather boringl, but they do taste great!

jesseowenuk's picture
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Pastry is the most delicious I've tasted for a mince pie - but it comes at a price - I wouldn't describe the recipe as easy, I've made them twice and both times the pastry has proved incredibly difficult to get out of the tin - the lids often coming away from the bases despite being firmly attached when they went in the oven.

Nice recipe but doesn't deserve the easy title!

cakebaker13's picture

Hi
This is an amazing recipe! I made mini mince pies but and made 20 . They went down a treat and there's only 8 left....

I did add half an egg though because it was too crumbly at the beginning
I would recommend them any day!!

hippocollector's picture
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so I made this recipe as stated without reading any comments beforehand and started worrying that I wouldnt be able to get my pies out of the tin but this didn't prove to be the case. I left them to cool down and they came out easily. Perfect crumbly sweet pastry. This is the first time I have made a sweet pastry and would definitely use this recipe again

minicoopergirl's picture
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Oh sorry forgot to rate .. now done!

minicoopergirl's picture
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Just wondering after my above comment, would this work for savoury pastry (obviously ommiting the sugar) for meat pies etc.. anyone got any advice for this? Thanks!

minicoopergirl's picture
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Just taken these out of the oven and sampled one, deeeeelicious! I dont like my pastry too doughy and these just melted in the mouth. Looked at some of previous comments re-adding a beaten egg (to bind, did that ) but I think it wasnt needed, made the mixture too wet and stuck to surface, so wont do that next time. And you can chuck this pastry around without too much of a disaster, will cut out bases a bit thinner next time, but overall a deffinate winner!

swisskaz's picture
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Also added an egg so could roll out pastry. After reading comments greased tin heavily & came out fine.

tracynorman's picture
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They might not look terribly tidy (think Rustic!) but they do taste fantastic. My family are all big fans of the pastry which will remind you of shortbread as it's just the right sweetness and texture. The recipe was fairly easy and straightforward and I was planing to make them with an eight year old but he doesn't like getting his hands dirty so i did spend a while rubbing the butter into the flour. Short baking time is a bonus though. Just one tip, divide your dough up carefully or you could run out of pastry for the lids as I almost did!

lowy59's picture
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honestly the simplest, most successful recipe ive ever made. These mince pies are delicious and so easy. I lightly greased my cake tins and added about one third of the beaten egg to the recipe and it was really good. I only got 14 pies but its so simple to make another couple of batches!!!!!!!

Jeppers82's picture
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P.s. I also greased the bun tin and they came out really easily.

Jeppers82's picture
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These are yummy!! And very easy to make. We made deeper mince pies so this quantity of ingredients made 10. We followed the recipe exactly, although I chilled the pastry dough for about half an hour and then we rolled it out and cut out the shapes instead of the method suggested.

ellie1g's picture
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I love this recipe it was really quick to make and super easy to understand and follow love it !!!!!!! xx

dstratton's picture
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I've tried a few recipes for mince pies in my time, these are number 1 for taste.
The fact that they are easy to make is a bonus.

tina8208's picture

I thought I hated mince pies until I made these and found them to be absolutely delicious - the pastry just melts in the mouth. Wonderful.

matzotom's picture

I'm no cook. I made these last Christmas and they were so easy using the instructions and ingredients as listed. I didn't find the pastry difficult to mix by hand and it came together too. I don't know why some people are having difficuly. Also, I bought some pie tins from Lakeland for making them and the pies come out very easily without any need for greasing. Highly recommended.
The pastry is more like a biscuit so I think it's nice if it's quite thick so I only get about 14 pies out of the mixture.

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