Little Eccles mince pies

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins

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Makes 18
From freezer to oven, these cheeky Eccles mince pies are perfect mid-afternoon with an equally cheeky glass of mulled wine. It is Christmas after all!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal268
  • fat14g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.27g
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  • 500g block all-butter puff pastry
  • flour, for dusting



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

  • 450g mincemeat (see 'goes well with')
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • golden caster sugar


  1. Roll the pastry out to about the thickness of a 50p piece on to a floured surface, and cut out 10cm circles, then continue to re-roll and cut out until you have about 18 circles.

  2. Place 1 tsp of mincemeat in the centre of each circle, brush the edges with egg white, then gather together tightly to completely encase the mincemeat.

  3. Flip the pies over so the sealed edges are underneath, then squash them with your hand so you have a small puck-shaped pie.

  4. Cut two small slits in the top of each pie, brush generously with egg white and scatter with sugar. The pies can now be frozen for up to 2 months. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 and bake for 15 mins from raw or 25-30 mins from frozen.

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Comments (29)

jofranks's picture

It's April and my kitchen smells of Christmas as I use up half a jar of mince meat that I reconstituted using a drop of brandy. I also put a small dollop of marzipan in the middle of each cake, again using up Christmas leftovers - Lovely little gems.

lizleicester's picture

Used pre-rolled puff pastry (needed to be dairy free, so not the all butter version). I also sprinkled granulated sugar rather than caster, preferring the extra "crunch". They turned out beautifully and took only minutes to prepare.

Lizzyexmoor's picture

Just made these, I filled them with Seville Orange marmalade with added chopped stem ginger and they were fabulous ( we are not so keen on mincemeat) I will definitely be making them again. Made small ones perfect with a cuppa :)

katemay95's picture

These are so simple to make and are delicious. 10/10

hickmanh's picture

Loved this recipe. I made mine slightly smaller as I couldn't find anything the right size to cut round but I liked them mini-sized. Slightly fiddly sealing them but worth the effort. Will make these again next Christmas.

mrsvlee's picture

Tastes better with very thin pastry which makes them a little tricky to deal with but they are well worth the effort. A lovely change to mince pies that you can make all year round.

benminx's picture

I made these as my first ever attempt at homemade Mince Pies, filled with James Martin's recipe for homemade traditional mincemeat, and they went down a treat. My other half's mum loved them so much she wanted to take a bag home, and we ate all the others that were left by about the 28th December. (I made them on the 20th/22nd). They genuinely are gorgeous, light, fluffy, and far easier to have as a light nibble than a traditional mince pie. Enormously recommended!!!

carolineroy's picture

Can I just check - is it egg WHITE to use?

jaspercat2002's picture

These are really delicious - a little bit fiddly but will probably be easier to do without the 'help' of my 6 year old so I will be making some more whilst he is at school for the freezer. Lighter than a normal mincepie and really like the crispy crunchiness the sugar topping gives.

jinjerine's picture

Made these last year and were gorgeous with shop bought mincemeat. This year i made my own mincemeat and going to make them tommorrow. You can buy all butter puff pastry from the chiller section by butters/marg in tesco. Last year i used standard puff pastry and will be again tommorrow. Think the all butter maybe a bit richer? but it works any how

zetalyn1's picture

Where can you buy all butter puff pastry??

emmawelsh's picture

Sound great. I will try them soon. Love the idea of freezing them, and just cooking what you what when you want. I do get fed up with cooking a couple of batches of normal mince pies (on request) and then see them not eaten because everyone had too much turkey and pudding etc.

lulrick's picture

Really good! And they do freeze well and cook straight from frozen. Yummy!

josp74's picture

I made these last Christmas and will make again as they were so easy and tasted so good. You can't beat the smell of home cooked goodies! Give them a go.

lurvlyloz's picture

I made these last christmas i will certainly be making them this christmas. i make double so i can freeze them for when people drop by over christmas. lovely and less fiddly than normal mince pies :)

jaki85n's picture

Gorgeous, would be nice a bit bigger too.

davideast's picture

Very easy to make and a change from the usual mince pies at Christmas. I used shop-bought mincemeat and added amaretto.

sherbert's picture

A great hit with all the family. Will definitely be making them again

pccatering's picture

Fantastic, not so sweet as those made with sweet pastry. A real hit.


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