Mince pies

Mince Pies

Makes 12

  • unsalted butter, for greasing

  • plain flour, for dusting

  • 375 g shortcrust pastry

  • 200 g good-quality mincemeat

  • a splash of brandy, sherry or orange juice

  • ½ an apple, peeled and chopped into small chunks

  • 2 balls of stem ginger, finely chopped

  • 75 g dried cranberries

  • 50 g dried apricots, finely chopped

  • a pinch or two of mixed spice

  • 1 large free-range or organic egg

  • 1 tablespoon semi-skimmed milk

  • icing sugar, for dusting

Getting your hands on some really good-quality mincemeat, then stirring through a few extras to really make the flavours sing is the key to getting this moreish festive treat to taste absolutely incredible. Adding a little sprinkling of ground cinnamon in with the icing sugar before dusting is super delicious too. Enjoy!



Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 and grease a shallow cupcake tray lightly with butter. Dust a clean surface and rolling pin with flour, then roll half the pastry out to the thickness of a pound coin. Carefully cut out 12 circles with a pastry cutter or a clean glass tumbler, then lay them in the hollows of the tray and place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.



Meanwhile, spoon the mincemeat into a mixing bowl, breaking it up with a spoon as you go. Pour in the brandy, sherry or orange juice, then add the apple, ginger, dried fruits and mixed spice, then mix well.



Roll out the remaining pastry to the same thickness. Using a smaller cutter or tumbler than before, cut out another 12 circles – these will be the lids for your pies. Knead the pastry trimmings together briefly, roll out and cut into shapes to decorate the tops of your pies (stars and tree-shapes work well).



Take the pastry bases out of the fridge and fill them just over halfway up with mincemeat, then smooth the filling out to the edges. Beat the egg and milk together, then brush over the top edges of the pastry. Lay the lids over the top, then crimp the edges together with your thumb and forefinger so the lids stick to the bases. Top each pie with a cut-out shape, then brush once more with the egg wash. Bake in the hot oven for around 25 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked through and golden on top. Dust with icing sugar before serving, then dig in.

Nutritional Information

Mince pies

Christmas classic treats

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without homemade mince pies – this is a mince pie to please everyone.
1h 25m (plus chilling time)
Super easy
Method

Getting your hands on some really good-quality mincemeat, then stirring through a few extras to really make the flavours sing is the key to getting this moreish festive treat to taste absolutely incredible. Adding a little sprinkling of ground cinnamon in with the icing sugar before dusting is super delicious too. Enjoy!

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 and grease a shallow cupcake tray lightly with butter. Dust a clean surface and rolling pin with flour, then roll half the pastry out to the thickness of a pound coin. Carefully cut out 12 circles with a pastry cutter or a clean glass tumbler, then lay them in the hollows of the tray and place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, spoon the mincemeat into a mixing bowl, breaking it up with a spoon as you go. Pour in the brandy, sherry or orange juice, then add the apple, ginger, dried fruits and mixed spice, then mix well.

Roll out the remaining pastry to the same thickness. Using a smaller cutter or tumbler than before, cut out another 12 circles – these will be the lids for your pies. Knead the pastry trimmings together briefly, roll out and cut into shapes to decorate the tops of your pies (stars and tree-shapes work well).

Take the pastry bases out of the fridge and fill them just over halfway up with mincemeat, then smooth the filling out to the edges. Beat the egg and milk together, then brush over the top edges of the pastry. Lay the lids over the top, then crimp the edges together with your thumb and forefinger so the lids stick to the bases. Top each pie with a cut-out shape, then brush once more with the egg wash. Bake in the hot oven for around 25 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked through and golden on top. Dust with icing sugar before serving, then dig in.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 217
    11%
  • Carbs 29.9g
    12%
  • Sugar 15.5g 17%
  • Fat 10.4g 15%
  • Saturates 3.1g 16%
  • Protein 2.8g 6%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • unsalted butter, for greasing

  • plain flour, for dusting

  • 375 g shortcrust pastry

  • 200 g good-quality mincemeat

  • a splash of brandy, sherry or orange juice

  • ½ an apple, peeled and chopped into small chunks

  • 2 balls of stem ginger, finely chopped

  • 75 g dried cranberries

  • 50 g dried apricots, finely chopped

  • a pinch or two of mixed spice

  • 1 large free-range or organic egg

  • 1 tablespoon semi-skimmed milk

  • icing sugar, for dusting