Easy mince pies

Course: Festive makes
Keyword: Christmas, festive, mince pies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 mince pies
Author: Emily Leary
Follow my video guide to find out how to make these tasty mince pies, and print this version to recreate at home!
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Ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 110 g Flora Buttery
  • 225 g plain flour, sieved
  • 25 g caster sugar
  • Rind of 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp cold water

For the filling:

  • 350 g mincemeat

To glaze:

  • Beaten egg white
  • Caster sugar

Instructions

  • Add the flour and Flora Buttery to a mixing bowl, and combine until they resemble fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the sugar and orange rind to the bowl.
  • Add 2tbsp of cold water and mix until it comes together as a dough. Add more water drop by drop if necessary. If it feels too sticky, add some more flour.
  • Roll the dough into a ball and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes, to make it easier to work with.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured board, and cut into two. Save the second half of the dough to make tops for your mince pies (using the same method as the bases).
  • Cut out your mince pies using a cutter, reworking any leftover pastry until you have 12 bases.
  • Line your tin with your pastry cases.
  • Spoon the mincemeat into your pastry cases, and dab with a sprinkling of water.
  • Top your pastry cases with your pastry lids, rolled out slightly smaller for a better fit.
  • Press down around the edges of the lid so that it sticks, and cut a small slit to allow air to escape.
  • Brush the mince pies with your egg whites to glaze, and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 200C (400F/180 fan).
  • Allow to cool on a rack for 15 minutes before serving.