Mince Pies


Bake 3 - #12BakesofChristmas 

Happy Saturday! There is nothing better, at this time of year, than a rustic, lovingly made Mince Pies. A festive favourite. They won't look as perfect and uniform as the ones you buy from the supermarket. But I think there's something really charming about a slightly scruffy homemade Mince Pie. I can't think of anything better to do on a cold Saturday afternoon in December than whip up a batch of Mince Pies to enjoy while watching Strictly under a blanket... Heaven! 


200g plain flour
100g butter, cold and cubed
pinch of salt 
2 tbsp water 
splash of milk
pinch of caster sugar
icing sugar, to decorate 


1. To make the pastry, put the flour in a bowl with the butter and salt and crumble together until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water and use a palette knife to bring it together in rough dough. (Add as little water as you can to bring it together so it stays nice and short!)
2. Knead (briefly!) into a smooth ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes. 
3. Preheat the oven to 170 fan. Roll out thinly and cut out 12 large circles and 12 small stars. Use the large circles to line a 12 hole-muffin tin. 
4. Spoon 1 or 2 teaspoons of mincemeat into each pastry base. Then place a star on top. Brush each pastry star with milk and sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and the mincemeat is bubbling, but not overflowing!
5. Leave to cool in a wire rack, then remove the mince pies from the tin. 
6. Dust with icing sugar and serve. 


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