5 ways with mince pies 2016

5 ways with mince pies

We've given our ultimate Christmas treat, the humble mince pie, a makeover, with five irresistible recipes to make the most of your mincemeat.

Deck the halls and fill the pastry cases, Christmas is nearly here! Everyone loves a mince pie with their festive tipple, so why not experiment with new and delicious mincemeat recipes? Whether you’re making your own filling, buying last minute or scraping the bottom of the jar, we’ve got some beautiful bakes for you to make. 

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If you feel like going the extra mile, it’s well worth putting the effort into making homemade mincemeat. Our boozy mincemeat recipe has a few splashes of seasonal sauce, including delicious dark rum, to add a little something special to your bakes. We also have our tried and tested traditional mincemeat that you can make in advance and mature to perfection. 

Pastry twists

Try a more delicate pastry with our mincemeat & pecan palmiers. The French-inspired pastries have been given a Christmas twist with mincemeat and maple syrup. They’re a simple-to-make bake that’s sure to impress your party guests.

Try these other buttery pastries…

Mincemeat, apple & cranberry lattice tart
Mincemeat samosas

Traybake twists

Why not save yourself time and bake mincemeat into a traybake version of the classic mince pie? Guests can help themselves to as big or small a slice as they like of our starry mincemeat slice and it looks oh-so stunning. 

Try these terrific traybakes…

Mincemeat & shortbread squares
Chunky mince pie slices

Baking twists

Mincemeat is the perfect filling stirred into cake batter to add a little seasonal spice and it keeps the cake moist. Our pear & mincemeat crumble cake is the ideal winter dessert served with a generous helping of homemade custard. 

Try these mini mincemeat bakes…

Little mince pie cakes
Little Eccles mince pies

Dough twists

Adding mincemeat to traditional dough-based recipes can take them from flop to festive in a heartbeat. Our mincemeat Chelsea buns are chock-full of juicy fruit, sugar and spice. 

And try this dreamy doughnut recipe…

Baked mincemeat doughnuts

Leftover twists

Don’t even think of throwing away the dregs of a jar of mincemeat. There are some deliciously simple bakes you can make with a spoonful or two of that fruity filling. This marzipan & mincemeat apple bake has just four ingredients, and can be microwaved to perfection in a flash. 

Try another last-minute life savers…

Last-minute Christmas pudding

And to go with your dessert, why not whip up an ultra-chic mince pie martini

For more Christmas inspiration, check out our festive dessert collection.

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Have you tried any of these mince pie marvels? Let us know in the comments below…