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Recipe: Easy Mince Pies

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Now that it is nearly Christmas, it's high time for some mince pies! This recipe was originally by the legend that is Paul Hollywood, however, I have adapted it slightly by adding more sugar that he does.

Ingredients

  • 150g butter, softened - cheeky microwave sesh
  • 215g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Bought mincemeat (Sainsbury's is actually cheaper than Tesco)

Method

Cube the butter and pop it in a bowl with the flour. Now crumble it - this means you basically (in the nicest way) fondle it a bit; kind of gently squeeze it all with your hands. It’ll turn into a crumbly mix. 

Now chuck in the egg and butter. Grab a wooden spoon and mix. Top tip is to stab the yolk with the spoon as it just makes the process easier. It will quickly turn into a thick dough.

Pop a large pinch of flour onto a wooden board then knead the dough a bit. It will be quite wet to start with but should end up being the consistency of malleable Blu-Tack (great analogy, I know).

Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge until you actually want to make the mince pies (for me this was 24 hours).

When you are ready to make them, remove the cling film and roll out the dough (on a floured board otherwise it will stick) - it wants to be about 5mm thick. Some recipes will tell you to divide the dough at the beginning but I think you’ll inevitably get it wrong (I would) so I advocate cutting out the base and the top at the same time. I suggest you use a large glass as a cutter for the base and a slightly smaller one for the top.

Grab a muffin/cupcake tin, grease it with some butter and then pop the bases in. Now add as much mince as you dare, then cover with another top bit. Repeat this until it has all gone! If you have any stuff left over, why not decorate the tops?!

Then beat up an egg with a fork and, using your fingers, paint on a light covering. This will make the mince pies go a lovely golden brown.

Cook for 20 mins at 180; put them quite near the bottom of the oven for the first 15-16 mins then bring them closer to the top to brown for the remainder.

Sprinkle some icing sugar over the top to make it all look pretty.

Watch the video on how to make these easy mince pies on the Barking Baking site here.

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