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Mince pies

Mince pies

The fruit-to-pastry ratio is the true mark of a quality pie, so be sure to have a generous quantity of mincemeat to hand. If you fancy making your own mincemeat, you can find some easy recipes here

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  • Makes12
  • CourseDessert
  • Prepare35 mins
  • Cook20 mins
  • Total time55 mins
  • Pluschilling

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  • 450g Essential Plain Flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 225g Essential Unsalted Butter, diced and chilled
  • 308g mincemeat
  • 2 tbsp Essential Milk
  • 1 British Blacktail Free Range Medium Egg yolk
  • Icing sugar or caster sugar, for dusting


  1. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl, then lightly rub in the butter, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in 8-10 tbsp cold water with a round-bladed knife to form a dough. Draw the mixture together with clean hands into a rough ball, adding a little more water if needed. Wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin, about 0.3cm. Cut out 12 discs with a 10cm fluted cutter and another 12 with a 7cm fluted cutter, re-rolling the trimmings. Line a 12-hole bun tin with the larger discs.

  3. Using a teaspoon, fill the pastry cases with mincemeat. Dampen the edges of the small pastry discs on one side with cold water. Gently press the small discs, damp-side down, on top of the pastry bottoms and seal the edges.

  4. Whisk the milk with the egg yolk to make a glaze and brush it over the top of each mince pie. Prick the lids with a fork to allow the steam to escape while cooking. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Cool for 4-5 minutes in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm, dusted with the sugar.

Cook’s tip


You can use 2 x 230g packs of Jus-Rol Shortcrust Pastry Sheets and our ready-made brandy mincemeat or Waitrose Duchy Organic Apple, Cider & Walnut Mincemeat. Glaze with a dairy-free milk alternative or omit altogether.


Typical values per item when made using specific products in recipe


1,533kJ/ 366kcals



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