Ah, mince pies, the Taste Of Christmas.
I’m pretty happy with how these turned out, I based my recipe from Paul Hollywood’s as I love him, and then I altered it slightly so it would be dairy free. I also skipped/added some steps, as I like to walk on the wild side. Luckily, as I was rather peckish whilst baking them, they turned out pretty fab, if I do say so myself.
You will need:
★1 Large jar of mincemeat (I got a great vegan one from Sainsbury’s)
★ Zest of 1 lemon
★ Icing sugar for dusting
★ 375g Plain flour
★ 260g Dairy free butter (Pure is my favourite and worked well in these)
★ 125g Caster sugar
★ 1 Large egg (plus one, beaten, for glazing)
★ Star cookie cutter
★ Round cookie cutter
★ Muffin tray
★ Place the flour and DF butter in a bowl, and rub together until you reach a crumb consistency with no large globs of butter
★ Add the sugar and egg, and mix together
★ Tip onto a floured surface and fold continuously until the pastry comes together- don’t overmix
★ Wrap the pastry ball in cling film, and chill for 10 minutes
★ Scoop the mincemeat into a bowl, and add the zest
★ Heat your oven to 220°C (gas mark 7.) Roll out the pastry to 3mm thick, if it is sticking to your rolling pin, sprinkle more plain flour onto the pin/ your work surface
★ Using a round cutter, cut out your bases, and place them in the muffin tray, make sure you leave enough pastry for the top of your pies
★ Place one and a half table spoons of mincemeat into each pastry base
★ Cut out the stars from your remaining rolled pastry, and place these on top of your pastry bottoms, make sure you press all 5 edges of your stars slightly into the outside of the pastry bottom to ensure they don’t shrink away from the outside
★Brush with your beaten egg to glaze
★ Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown
★ Cool, then take them out of the tray, and dust with icing sugar to finish
These were so good I was shouting at my family as to who ate all of the mince pies, turns out it was me. I ate all the pies.
I found these adorable mince pie toppers from ‘Not on the High Street’ from the brand ‘Ginger Ray.’ I Saw them online and thought they’d really add to the finished look!
My tablecloth is also super cute, from ‘Laura’s Beau’ and is definitely gracing my Christmas table this year!
Let me know if you make these mince pies, they’re so tasty I already want to make them again!