Magic pastry chocolate chip mince pies

Chocolate chip mince pies

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Cooking time

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 12

Get the kids involved with BBC Good Food food editor Barney's child-friendly chocolate mince pies

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • unbaked
Nutrition info

Nutrition per mince pie

kcalories
386
protein
4g
carbs
50g
fat
19g
saturates
11g
fibre
2g
sugar
30g
salt
0.3g

Ingredients

  • 200g mincemeat
  • 50g chocolate chips
  • 1 egg, beaten, to glaze
  • icing sugar
  • 100g piece marzipan (optional)

For the pastry

  • 250g pack of cold butter, diced
  • 400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 150g golden caster sugar

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Method

  1. KIDS the writing in bold is for you. ADULTS the rest is for you. Make a chocolate chip mincemeat mix. Get your children to weigh out the mincemeat in a bowl and mix in the chocolate chips (if a few get eaten, not to worry, it is Christmas!). Set aside.
  2. Rub the butter and flour together. To make the pastry, tip the butter, flour and spice into a bowl. Get them to rub it together until combined to the texture of breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and squidge together to make a dough – don’t be tempted to add any liquid. Tip the dough onto a floured surface and knead.
  3. Get counting and start to make the pies. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Halve the dough (discuss with your child how half makes two, etc), and get them to roll half into 12 balls – another counting opportunity. Get them to gently press the balls into the holes of the tin so that they come up the sides with a little overlap.
  4. Fill the pies. Spoon the filling into the pies – try to be as neat as you can, as you don’t want to get any on the sides.
  5. Top the pies. Make 12 more balls (again counting) and pat them out flat (cue the Pat-a-cake song), so that they are large enough to cover the pies. Top and press the edges together. You don’t need to worry about sealing them or being too neat.
  6. Brush with egg and bake. Brush the tops of the pies with egg. Put the tray in the oven and bake for 20 mins or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly.
  7. Make them neat and tidy. If you want neat-looking pies, you can use a 7cm round cutter to trim the edges. This is easiest done while the pies are still warm.
  8. Cut out some letters. For some extra learning fun, you can now dust the work surface with icing sugar, press some marzipan out flat and use letter cutters to create letters of your choice. Brush the letters with a drop of water and gently press them onto the pies.
  9. Make a snowstorm.Leave to cool a bit more, then gently slip the pies out of the tin. Put some icing sugar in a fine sieve and give the pies a snowy dusting. Eat straight away, give to neighbours and friends, or keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2013

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AngelaCarleen's picture

I made these with my 3 year old, the pastry was crumbly and I was completely unable to use it without adding a couple of teaspoons of water.
She really enjoyed pressing the pies into the tin and making the pie lids. While they were still warm from the oven we tidied up the edges with the cookie cutter and the pies slid out of the tin easily after we'd cooked them. The chocolate chips are unnecessary, we didn't add them and the children still enjoyed them.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This recipe wasn't good. I know it's set out for children but quite honestly, it would be better to use a dough you can roll out. You couldn't do that with this dough. As you have to press the dough to shape it, the finished mince pie is very messy. I ended up using a cutter to try to tidy up each mince pie before baking. After baking, I then couldn't get the pies out in one piece. Out of 12 pies, one came out in one piece. Also, they were far too sweet. If I was making mince pies with children, I would go for a traditional recipe - they can still practice counting and so on and definitely leave out the chocolate chips - they don't belong in mince pies!

slancaster's picture

Very disappointing. This simply did not work. The recipe says not to be tempted to add liquid, but it was impossible to knead the dough, or roll it into balls, as it was far too crumbly. I gave up in frustration - and I am an experienced baker.

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