If you’re still not feeling festive by now then mince pies are always a sure way to help that along! For years as a little girl I strayed away from mince pies recoiling in horror at the thought that these did intact involve mince meat in a pie, with fruit? Surely not. Finally having that dawning realisation years later that it was all in fact fruit (damn you English language) I was a little happier to give one of these a go, and I have been hooked ever since.
So I decided to have a go at making my own, they were really quick and easy to make and really only involved a grand total of four ingredients if you’re wanting to make these the easy way, have you had a go at making some yet? Recipe below!
>Simply put – all you’re going to need for these is a big jar of mincemeat, which you’re sure to find in any supermarket past October time, I bought a pre-rolled pack of shortcrust pastry, and for the glaze you’ll just need an egg wash and some icing sugar for dusting when cooked. These cost around £5 to make 12 in total, and I still have half a jar of mince meat left!
2. You’ll need to put a bit of oil or butter in the bottom of each holding to ensure the pastry doesn’t stick when cooking. Once you have your circles cut out begin by pushing them into each hole, leaving the lids till last.
3. Add in a good heaped teaspoon full of filling into each section, but not so much that it’s going to overflow and leak out of the pastry when baking.
4. Adding on the pastry lids, prick each top with a fork to let the steam come out to ensure your pies don’t explode! Give them a quick egg wash and bake for 20 minutes.
5. Once baked, take them out of the oven and allow to cool slightly in their tray at first, then remove them onto a cooling rack until cold. Sprinkle a dusting of icing sugar over the top and you’re good to go.
What do you think? Typing this post up today I might just have to make some more this weekend, nothing better than having a mince pie with a nice cup of tea whilst watching a Christmas film! Let me know if you have a go at making these, you can have a look at my previous festive recipes – here.