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Quick & Easy Mince Pies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 18

Ingredients

  • • 2 cups plain flour 300g
  • • 1/3 cup ground almonds 50g
  • • 1 cup cold butter 225g, diced
  • • ½ cup golden caster sugar 100g
  • • Pinch of salt
  • • 1 free range egg
  • • 1 jar mincemeat 250-300g

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 6 (200 degrees Celsius, 400 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Drop the flour and ground almonds on a clean work surface. Mix with your fingertips.
  3. Rub the butter into the flour and ground almonds until you get a crumb-like consistency.
  4. Gather the mixture and make a well in the middle. Add in the sugar, pinch of salt and two tablespoons of beaten egg.
  5. Combine the pastry into a ball and knead it briefly. Add some more flour if it gets too sticky.
  6. Keep ¼ of the pastry aside. Make 18 balls of dough with the rest. Grease and line 18 foil mini pie cases or holes of a muffin pan with pastry, spreading it with your fingertips. If you would rather roll your dough, you can do so on a floured surface.
  7. Spoon mincemeat into the pies.
  8. Roll the rest of the pastry and make lids using cookie cutters. Alternatively, you can also make round lids to cover the pies completely.
  9. Brush the top of each pie with a little beaten egg. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden.
  10. Take out of the oven and after 5 minutes, remove the mince pies to a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

The pies can be frozen, uncooked, for up to a month.

The cooked mince pies will keep for a few days in an airtight container. Simply warm them up in the oven when you are ready to eat them