its mince pie season

Mince Pies

Image Credit: Odlums

Yes, Tis the season for mince pies! But how do you feel about them? I’m extremely picky when it comes to mince pies, I only like homemade ones, simply because I think there’s a drastic difference in taste and all round quality. So I’m giving you the best recipe I know, which of course is Odlums mince pies.

Ingredients:

  • 125g plain flour
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 100g packet of ground almonds
  • 125g margarine (room temperature)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • A little water, if necessary

Filling:

450g homemade mincemeat (Odlums recipe says to use a pre-made jar but homemade is always tastier)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Lightly grease the bun tins.
  2. Put flour sugar and ground almonds into a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Rub margarine through dry ingredients. Add the egg and water, if required, and mix to soft dough.
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead.
  5. Cover in clingfilm and put into the fridge until ready to use. (the pastry will keep for three days)
  6. Roll pastry on a floured board and cut rounds with a cutter to fit the greased bun tin.
  7. Put a teaspoon of mincemeat into each and using the remaining pastry, Create a lid to put on top.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pies start to go golden-brown.
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