Christmas Mince Pies

Bite size mince pies

Its that time of the year again to indulge in mince pies
Honest truth...

I don't like mince pies!
Store-bought mince pies are loaded with sugar, so sweet that I felt sick after ONE bite!

Traditional Mince pies

By this time of the year, everyone is looking for the best mince pies in the market.

And I heard that Marks and Spencer's mince pies are the best!
Comes November, my friend would be looking hi and lo for Marks an Spencer's mince pies. And MS mince pies don't stay on shelves for long... the turn around time is so quick... you snooze , you lose 😱, and you will be without any pies for Christmas. She used to vent out her frustration when she couldn't get any!

Christmas without mince pies will be like Eid without lemang :(.

petite mince pies

...and you might be wondering why am I baking mince pies, since I don't like mince pies?
Hubby was surprised that I wanted to bake mince pies.. he too not a great fan of mince pies.

Well... I came across a mince pies recipe from an old magazine cut-out. I believe its was from Prima magazine.

The recipe claimed
"Once you've made this mincemeat, you'll never want to buy the ready made-kind ever again!"

That statement just cried out to me...  I MUST try.

Yuletide mince pies

I am so glad that I tried baking these mince pies.
I reduce the sugar by 75% in the mincemeat. The sweetness was just right.

The pastry was good too, soft and crumble in the mouth.
Coming from two person who don't like... never like mince pies...

We gave these mince pies 2 thumbs up....   😋   and I lost count of how many I actually ate 😀

I am not sure how Marks and Spencer's mince pies tasted like... I'd like to believe that these would top that, after all you can control the amount of sugar/ sweetness in your mincemeat 😘
and don't forget the pastry... yums 😋

star top mince pies

Notes : 

  1. Recipe yield 48 mince pies.
  2. I do not own a mini pie tins so 24 holes mini muffin pan was used.
  3. Mince meat is enough for 48, only 1 heap teaspoon is needed to fill up each pie.
  4. Halved the dough recipe if star shape pie topper is used.
  5. Read and taste all the ingredients, check for sugar content, whether additional sugar was introduced in the product. Then adjust the quantity of sugar used. On personal note : I'd prefer to not add any sugar at all... but 
  6. for sweeter taste mince pies, double or triple sugar quantity
  7. Mincemeat can keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge
  8. Gold sprinkle is optional, you can dust with icing sugar
best mince pies



yield: 48 piesprint recipe

Christmas Mince Pies

prep time: 30 MINScook time: 50 MINStotal time: 80 mins

INGREDIENTS:

MINCEMEAT
  • 110g sultanas
  • 110g raisins
  • 110g dried figs
  • 110g dried apricots
  • 1 pink lady apple - peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon orange marmalade
  • 45g brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
PASTRY
  • 550g plain flour
  • 50g almond meal
  • 350g cold butter- chopped
  • 150g icing sugar-sifted
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 30ml milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

MINCEMEAT
  1. Place sultanas, raisins, figs, apricots and apple in food processor and process until coarsely chopped.
  2. Transfer to a glass bowl (with cover) and mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to use.
PASTRY
  1. Mix flour and almond meal in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add cold chopped butter and rub flour, almond meal and butter in breadcrumbs.
  3. Add icing sugar, lemon zest, egg yolks and milk.
  4. Mix to a dough.
  5. Rest the dough in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Making MINCE PIES...
  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Using non-stick mini muffin pan (24 holes), roll out pastry, cut out 24 discs and line the muffin pan..
  3. Fill each pie with 1 teaspoon heap of mincemeat.
  4. Roll out another dough and cut out another 24 discs or stars, to cover/ top the mince pies.
  5. Dampen edges and press the tops.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
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3 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful. I have never tried a mince pie but maybe I will have to make these because they look great!

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  2. For the mincemeat, the final ingredient listed is 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice... what is the mixed spice(s) that I should be using?

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