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Mince pies

For a real treat this festive season make a batch of these moreish mince pies in advance – gently warm in the oven for your visitors and serve with a cup of spiced tea or perhaps a glass of mulled wine! 

Makes 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 230g Marriage’s Finest Plain flour
  • 160g unsalted butter, diced
  • 60g caster or icing sugar
  • 2 medium egg yolks
  • 1 jar  mincemeat (400g)
  • Caster or icing sugar for sprinkling
  • Plain or fluted round cutters, 8cm and 6cm, and a mince pie tray

METHOD

  1. Make the pastry by placing the flour and diced butter in a bowl and rubbing the butter in, so that the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  2. Add the sugar and egg yolk and mix together to form a soft but not sticky dough.  If there are dry crumbs, add a teaspoon of water at a time until the dough holds together. 
  3. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Heat the oven to 180C/350F/ Gas 4.
  5. Roll out the chilled pastry on a floured work surface to about 4mm thick. 
  6. Cut out 12 rounds using the larger round cutter and 12 rounds with the smaller cutter, re-rolling the trimmings as necessary.
  7. Line the tin with the large pastry rounds and fill with 1 ½ teaspoons of mincemeat.
  8. Dampen the edges of the pastry cases using a pastry brush dipped in cold water.  Cover with the smaller rounds and press them lightly to form lids.
  9. Make a small hole in the top of each pie with a skewer or scissors.
  10. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden.
  11. Dust with icing sugar straight away. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Baking tip: Mince pies can be frozen before or after baking, and are best eaten gently warmed.