Mince Pies (With Homemade Mincemeat)

Mince Pies (With Homemade Mincemeat) created by Izy Hossack

Unlike what the name implies, these little tarts are not made with meat. They are actually filled with spiced, slightly boozy dried fruit and encased in a tender sweet pastry. An absolutely must-have at Christmas time in the UK! We can get mincemeat in jars in the supermarket but I've provided a recipe for homemade mincemeat in case you can't buy it ready-made. Just be aware that you need to 'mature' the filling in the jar for at least 2 weeks so plan accordingly!

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directions

  • For the filling, mix all the filling ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and let sit overnight to absorb all the liquid then spoon and pack into sterilised jars. Let it sit for at least 2 weeks (but longer is better) before using. (You can also just buy two 14oz jars of 'mincemeat' if you can find it).
  • For the pastry:

  • Cream the butter and sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the egg yolks and stir them in until smooth. Add the flour and salt, stir briefly then use your hands to gently knead into a uniform dough. Divide into two balls, flatten into disks and cover with plastic wrap then chill for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • To assemble:

  • Remove one disk of pastry from fridge and unwrap. Roll out on a piece of floured baking paper until very thin - about 1/8-inch thick. Use a circular cutter to cut out twelve 3-inch circles. Place the circles into a mini tart/tartlette pan. Spoon in a heaped teaspoonful of filling. Re-roll the scraps of dough and cut out 12 stars to place ontop of each tartlet.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden and bubbling. Remove from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Repeat the rolling, cutting and filling of the pies using the remaining pastry.
  • Store in an airtight container.
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"Unlike what the name implies, these little tarts are not made with meat. They are actually filled with spiced, slightly boozy dried fruit and encased in a tender sweet pastry. An absolutely must-have at Christmas time in the UK! We can get mincemeat in jars in the supermarket but I've provided a recipe for homemade mincemeat in case you can't buy it ready-made. Just be aware that you need to 'mature' the filling in the jar for at least 2 weeks so plan accordingly!"

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    Unlike what the name implies, these little tarts are not made with meat. They are actually filled with spiced, slightly boozy dried fruit and encased in a tender sweet pastry. An absolutely must-have at Christmas time in the UK! We can get mincemeat in jars in the supermarket but I've provided a recipe for homemade mincemeat in case you can't buy it ready-made. Just be aware that you need to 'mature' the filling in the jar for at least 2 weeks so plan accordingly!
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