A Bake in the Life: Mince Pies

When I was younger, as soon as my mum started making mince pies I knew it was nearly Christmas time! Nowadays there is still nothing that I love more than mince pies to get me into the Christmas spirit. Making them, the smell of them baking and of course eating them 🙂 I have helped my mum to make mince pies with this recipe for as long as I can remember, but this is the first time I have made them on my own, so I hope they make her proud.

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Mince Pies

You will need:

8oz/225g Self Raising Flour

4oz/114g Butter

Pinch of Salt

2 tsp Sugar (And a bit more to top the mince pies!)

Water to bind the pastry

Mince meat (You can usually find a jar at this time of year, or you can make your own! Here I’m using my mum’s homemade mince meat)

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Let’s get started!

  • Preheat your oven to 190ºC/375ºF/Gas Mark 5, and grease a cupcake/muffin tray.
  • Begin by weighing out flour, butter, salt and sugar into a large bowl.

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  • Using a knife, cut through the ingredients until combined.
  • Add a few tablespoons of water and continue to mix using the knife.

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  • Keep adding water until the pastry comes together.
  • Carefully use your hands to pull the pastry into a ball, handling it as little as possible.
  • Flour a large chopping board/work surface with flour.

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  • Using a rolling pin (Or wine bottle covered in cling film if you don’t have one!), roll the pastry out until it is around 3mm thick.
  • Using a cookie cutter (Or cups or varying sizes if you don’t have one!), cut out sets of large and small circles.

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  • Place the larger of the circles in each of the cupcake/muffin sections, gently pressing it down.

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  • Fill each with plenty of mince meat, but not so much it will come out of the sides!

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  • Top with the smaller of the circles, pierce with a knife to allow the steam to escape when baking.

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  • Brush with water and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake for around 20 minutes until light brown.
  • You are all done! 🙂 

Most people seem scared about making their own pastry, but honestly it really isn’t that difficult! Just remember to add the water a bit at a time, don’t handle it too much and roll it out fairly thin as it will rise when baked and you don’t want it to be too thick. If you want to make them a bit more fancy you can use a star cutter (Or any other shape!) to make the smaller pastry top. Definitely give them a go – everyone loves a mince pie 🙂

A Bake in the Life…

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