Unbelievably easy mince pies

Unbelievably easy mince pies

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Prep: 30 mins - 40 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Makes 18 pies

No rolling required! Press the raw, crumbly pastry directly into your tin for a short, biscuity finish. Our easiest mince pie recipe and great fun to make with kids

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen uncooked

Nutrition: per pie

  • kcal222
  • fat11g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.26g
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Ingredients

  • 225g cold butter, diced
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 350g plain flour
    Flour

    Flour

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    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 280g mincemeat
  • 1 small egg
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

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  • icing sugar, to dust

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.

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Lozzin
18th Dec, 2016
3.8
The name of these is definitely wrong and needs to be changed! I will start off by saying they taste amazing BUT they are far from easy. The ingredients may be simple but the whole process of pushing the mixture into the tins is so time consuming! After doing 12 mince pies there was enough for doing another 12 but I couldn't be bothered so made one large pie bottom and put apples in instead. I thought i would have a problem with getting the pies from the tin but they came out ok but it was impossible to brush on the egg before they went in the oven as the mix was far too crumbly. They taste better than the normal mince pies but it's so much easier to make the pastry that rolls!
eaweller@gmail.com
18th Dec, 2016
No, no, no! The problem with these is that they are not made with pastry and there is a reason why mincepies are made with pastry. These are mince meat filled shortbreads. Never again, to much sugar and too buttery, luckily I make my own mincemeat otherwise they would be a sickly mess.
suekilbey
18th Dec, 2016
2.55
The title is very deceptive ! ! I have tried this recipe twice now. I feel it actually quicker to roll pastry out than press into tins. Pressing into tins causes them to stick. I have ended up with mince pies that look like the dogs dinner. I would not be able to serve then to anyone. They taste lovely but i will adapt the recipe for rolling and have non stick pies.
sarah58
18th Dec, 2016
1.3
Sorry, but never again! Followed the recipe to the letter but no matter how hard I tried my pastry never got to the consistency shown in the video clip and would not stay in a ball. It remained a crumbly mess, and although I did manage to line 12 tins it was impossible to form a lid. In the end I had to scatter clumps all over the tops, which were, of course, impossible to brush with beaten egg (the clumps just came away with the brush!) Because so much of the mixture was scattered all over the tin, the worktop and the floor by this stage, I only just had enough for 12. They tasted fine when they were baked, although 4 of them crumbled when I tried to remove them from the tin (and yes, I did grease the tins first, and leave them to cool for 10 mins after cooking) Far too much hassle and mess so will stick to shop-bought pastry in future.
ginkate30
17th Dec, 2016
1.3
These do taste delicious. However, they DO NOT come out of a normal mince pie tin. I have never had an issue before with home made mince pies but heard about these and thought I'd try them. The pastry is so short it doesn't hold together. What a waste of ingredients and money, I will have to make more. Really disappointed.
chicajules
17th Dec, 2016
5.05
These were simple to make but very difficult to remove from the tin. Next time I will line it with a little butter.
Loopylo
15th Dec, 2016
Freshly out of the oven 30 mins ago......Having read some of the comments I was a little hesitant about making these. I needn't have worried. Absolutely delicious. I made 12 traditional and 6 lemon curd as I personally don't like mincemeat. Yes they may take longer to make but I would honestly say it was well worth it.
Julesie79
15th Dec, 2016
5.05
This is my third year using this recipe and they haven't failed yet. I'm not a pastry expert but if you have a bit of patience with the mixture, it will come together without needing to add anything else; I promise! The lids can be slightly more problematic but I slap them together in my hands and they seem to work most of the time; I find the less I think about it, the easier it is. They taste absolutely delicious. The pastry is lovely and quite biscuity. They taste nothing like the stodgy, overly rich pies that come in packets. The whole family loves them.
Audrie 46
14th Dec, 2016
5.05
This recipe is the best one of all, I add extra chopped walnuts & brandy to my Mince....Its a big favourite with all the family.
thehusk
14th Dec, 2016
5.05
I've made these for years and are so good that they're always requested by my better halve. I cheat and add a tbsp of water to help bind it together, though this year I may experiment further and use amaretto instead of water! What can go wrong?

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