Christmas Mince Pies

Total Time
50mins
Prep
30 mins
Cook
20 mins

For years it was a family competition of sorts to see who would be the first to bring home Christmas mince pies to share. When my mom started making these, the store-bought ones suddenly became so mediocre that our annual bit of fun fell away because no-one would eat them anymore!

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. QUICK FRUIT MINCEMEAT:.
  2. Combine all ingredients and set aside for flavours to infuse.
  3. PASTRY:.
  4. Sift flour, cornflour, and icing sugar.
  5. Rub in the butter.
  6. Beat egg and vanilla together then add, mixing well.
  7. Knead into a ball without overhandling the pastry.
  8. Roll out thinly on a floured board and cut into 3" rounds.
  9. Reroll offcuts until all the pastry is used.
  10. Place rounds in a patty pan, place a heaped teaspoon of filling in the middle of each pastry round and cover with second pastry round.
  11. Press edges together with the prongs of a fork and prick each top twice.
  12. Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes or until pale gold.
  13. Leave to cool slightly before removing to cooking rack.
  14. Dust lightly with icing sugar.
  15. COOKS NOTE - If you don't have a patty pan, place the pies on a cookie sheet rather than in a muffin tray, which is too deep.