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Easy florentine mince pies

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Serves 14

Try these florentine-inspired mince pies with almonds, glacé cherries and dark chocolate. With crisp shortcrust and mincemeat, it's a winning combination

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving


  • 115g mincemeat (ensure vegetarian, if needed)
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp bourbon or orange juice
  • 30g ground almonds
  • 60g glacé cherries, roughly chopped
  • 375g sheet of ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 50g dark chocolate


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line a large baking sheet with baking parchment. Mix the mincemeat, orange zest, bourbon or orange juice, ground almonds and cherries together in a medium bowl.

  • STEP 2

    Unravel the pastry on its baking parchment and stamp out as many circles as you can using an 8cm round cutter. Re-roll the offcuts and stamp out more circles until all the pastry has been used (you should get about 14 in total). Spoon 1 tsp of the mincemeat mixture into the middle of each circle, leaving a 2cm border. Gently fold the edges of the exposed pastry inwards to slightly cover the filling.

  • STEP 3

    Transfer the pies to the lined baking sheet, spaced slightly apart. Brush the pastry with the milk and sprinkle with the sugar. Bake for 18-20 mins until golden brown, then leave to cool slightly.

  • STEP 4

    While the pies cool, put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt in 20-second bursts in the microwave, or melt in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, ensuring the bowl isn’t touching the water. Drizzle over the pies before serving. Will keep in an airtight container for three days.

Recipe tip

For a more traditional look, omit the chocolate and dust with icing sugar.

Goes well with

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2021

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