My Traditional Mince Pie Recipe

These are pretty, homemade pies that your guests will enjoy!

My Traditional Mince Pie Recipe is the essence of Christmas in a mouthful. Enjoy with your friends or send them as presents, either way, you will love my recipe!

Traditional Mince Pie Recipe

Serves: 12Traditional Mince Pie Recipe
Prep Time: 60 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 90 mins

Ingredients for Traditional Mince Pie Recipe

500 g mincemeat
400 g plain flour
250 g unsalted butter, diced and chilled, plus a little extra for greasing
35 g ground almonds
75 g icing sugar
2 large egg yolks
A pinch of salt

For the top:
A little milk
Icing sugar sprinkle

Instructions

Make up the pastry by sifting the flour, icing sugar and salt into a mixing bowl and rubbing the butter and ground almonds into it until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
You can also use a food processor to do this bit and pulse to make breadcrumbs.
Then add the egg yolks and just enough cold water to mix to a dough that leaves the bowl clean. Leave the pastry to rest in a polythene bag in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

Roll half of it out as thinly as possible, about 0.2-0.3 cm thick and cut it into two dozen 7.5 cm rounds using a cookie cutter, gathering up the scraps and re-rolling.
Then do the same with the other half of the pastry, this time using the 6 cm cutter.

Now lightly grease a 12 hole muffin pan and line them with the larger rounds. Fill these with mincemeat to the level of the edges of the pastry.
Dampen the edges of the smaller rounds of pastry with water and press them lightly into position to form lids, sealing the edges.
Chill for 30 mins or until firm.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Brush each one with milk and sprinkle with castor sugar if liked. Make three snips in the tops with a pair of scissors.
Bake near the top of the oven for 25-30 minutes until light golden brown.

Cool on a wire tray and sprinkle with icing sugar. When cool, store in an airtight container.

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