How to make mince pies

A really easy way to make your own mince pies. No need to roll out the pastry - simply press straight into the tin for a biscuity finish. 

Points to remember

  1. Rub cold cubes of butter into plain flour, then mix in the caster sugar and pinch of salt. 
  2. Combine the pastry into a ball and knead quickly. 
  3. Heat oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. 
  4. Line the holes of patty tins by pressing small balls of pastry into each hotel. 
  5. Spoon mincemeat into the pies without overfilling.
  6. Pat down slightly smaller balls of pastry to make round lids big enough to cover the pies. 
  7. Top the pies with their lids, pressing the edges gently together to seal.
  8. Beat 1 small egg and brush the tops of the pies. 
  9. Bake for 20 mins until golden. 
  10. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins, then remove to a wire rack.
  11. To serve, lightly dust with icing sugar. 

See the full recipe for our easy mince pies