Need a quick Christmas fix in your life or to take something to share with friends? Make some of these easy mince pies using some homemade mincemeat and you’ll be on to a winner.
- 150g plain flour
- 75g unsalted butter
- 50g caster sugar
- 1 large egg
- OR 1 pack of ready-made shortcrust pastry
- 200g mincemeat (homemade is best)
- Icing sugar to dust
Sift the flour into a large bowl, cube the butter and add it in on top – this is the basis of your pastry. Get your hands into the bowl and push the mixture between your fingers. This will mix it together – you’re looking for something similar to the consistency of breadcrumbs.
Whisk the egg in a separate bowl and then add it into your flour mix along with the sugar. Mix it all together and into a dough (if you’ve too dry a mixture and it doesn’t come together, add a few teaspoons of cold water). Cover the bowl and put it into the fridge for at least half an hour.
Alternatively, use pre-bought and skip this bit.
Once the pastry is cold, roll it out on a floured work surface to about the thickness of a pound coin (I use my funky rolling pin). Cut out circles using a round cutter and some little festive shapes as well (I used tree cutters).
Lightly grease a cupcake tray and then put the larger circles into the base of each dip. Spoon a generous teaspoon of mincemeat into each case so it fills about 80% of the way up the pastry. Put your shape lid on top.
Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes at 180 degrees until the pastry is golden-brown.
Dust with icing sugar and serve.
Start by making the shortcrust pastry. Sift the flour into a large bowl, cube the butter and add it in on top. Get your hands into the bowl and push the mixture through your fingertips until it forms a breadcrumb-like texture. Tip the sugar into the bowl and work through. Whisk the egg separately then add into the bowl. Using a round bladed knife work the egg into the mixture and bring it together into a dough. Wrap in clingfilm and put in the fridge for at least half an hour. Alternatively, unwrap you pre-made pastry. Preheat your oven to 200ºC.
Pro tip: I use a little tea strainer to dust the icing sugar
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