Thursday, 2 December 2010

Mince Pies

I'd find it very difficult if you asked me to pick my favourite Christmas food. Anything with loads of dried fruit and warming spices is perfect for this time of the year: christmas pudding, christmas cake, mincemeat... it's all good! But if you really pushed me, I'd probably have to go for the mince pie, especially if they're lovingly hand-made.

Homemade Mince Pies
Makes approx. 42 pies

1 batch homemade mincemeat
700g plain flour
150g soft brown sugar
350g butter or margarine

Equipment: 4x 12-hole cake trays; a large circular pastry cutter; a small star pastry cutter.

  1. Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the flour.
  3. Add a little cold water to make a stiff pastry dough.
  4. Roll out the pastry to ½cm thick.
  5. Use a round pastry cutter with a diameter a little larger than the tins, and cut about 40 circles.
  6. Divide the mincemeat between the pastry cases.
  7. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut a star for the top of each pie.
  8. Brush the tops with a little milk or water, and bake for approx. 20 minutes at 200°C (fan oven), or until the stars start to brown at the corners.

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Elle said...

I have never had Mince Pie before, but these look and sound absolutely delightful!! I might have to give it a go sometime.

Stephanie V said...

Oh, Rachel, this is my kind of Christmas treat. Actually I don't care about the pastry one little bit...I've been known to eat mincemeat right from the jar! These look pretty and festive. I'm sure they taste heavenly - especially when everything is homemade.

lakeviewer said...

Divine! I'm putting them on my list, to make, to give, to savor now and on the days ahead. Thanks, Rachel.

Ginny said...

Did you make these? How fancy!! You don't hear too much anymore about mince pies, maybe you do in Europe more? I have never tried one, but this would make me!!

Tay Talk said...

How pretty are those? I don’t know if I would be able to eat one because it’s so pretty. Looks like they came straight out of a magazine!

Elisabeth said...

These look fantastic. I'm not keen on mince pies myself, perhaps because of our Australian climate, but despite that I love a good plum pudding.

Holly said...

I have never had mince pies. They look so cute. I should give them a shot - they are traditional, after all.

JadeLD said...

I love Mince Pies too! We usually get a catch order from the local bakers - half like this and half with puff pastry. They're almost as good as homemade ones.

I've not had a single mince pie this winter - I better sort that out soon.

Anonymous said...

I've never had mince pies before because I always thought there was meat in them. Your recipe looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I've never had mince pies before because I always thought there was meat in them. Your recipe looks wonderful!

Louiz said...

Perfect timing - I bought some (sorry!) mincemeat as the supermarket had it on really cheap and I thought Kathryn would like to make some, but have no idea about pastry. That's really good:)

Fly Girl said...

Oh I love mincemeat pies and fruitcake and dried fruit and everything else! I have been gearing up to start my Christmas cookie baking but I can't officially start until the tree is up!

Ginny Marie said...

I was trying to describe mincemeat pies to my preschool class, without much success! I love the stars on top! Very cute.

Nick Thomas said...

It's not Christmas without mince pies - although I have to make my own here in the US. You remind me it's time to make another batch!

Chef E said...

This was a fav at my family's each year growing up! My hubby's step-mom bought one for Thanksgiving, but it was not as good as homemade!

yours look so inviting!

Anonymous said...

Those look delish..but I'd probably find a way to mess them up!

Nusrat Azim said...

This is something I sure can try tonight :)Especially the star on top makes it fun and cute :)

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