Cakes & Bakes: Luxury mince pies

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My home-made luxury mincemeat has been ‘resting’ nicely for a month. It’s now just about ready for me to make my first batch of mince pies.

Making pastry cases for home-made luxury mince pies | H is for Home

We’ve got the luxury mincemeat, so how about a bit of luxury pastry too?!

Filling pastry cases for home-made luxury mince pies | H is for Home

I’ve gone for a buttery shortcrust pastry flavoured with almond. The flavours work so well together – and make for the perfect Christmas treat.

Plate of luxury mince pies and mug of tea in front of the fire | H is for Home

Compliment them with a cup of tea or glass of mulled wine, comfy chair and real fire (sleeping dog optional). It’s what Christmas (in fact, winter in general) is all about for us.

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Luxury mince pies
Yields 12
For the pastry
  1. 180g/6⅓oz plain flour
  2. 70g/2½oz 'tant pour tant' (35g/1¼oz icing sugar + 35g/1¼oz ground almonds)
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 125g/4½oz very cold butter, cubed
  5. 1½-2tbs cold water
  6. A little beaten eggHome-made mince pies ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Put the flour, icing sugar, ground almonds and salt in a food processor. Pulse a couple of times to combine
  2. Add the butter and pulse again until you get to the fine breadcrumb stage
  3. Whilst still pulsing, add the ice cold water until the mixture begins to get lumpy - like dry scrambled eggs
  4. Empty ⅔ of the pastry on to 2 lengths of cling film layered one over the other at right angles
  5. Form the dough into a ball by lifting & bringing together the 4 ends of the cling film. Repeat with the remaining ⅓ of the pastry
  6. Chill in the fridge for ½ to 1 hour
  7. Once chilled, preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas mark 4
  8. Grease a 12-hole or two, 6-hole muffin tins
  9. Lightly flour your work surface, remove your larger ball of dough from the fridge, unwrap and divide it into 12 equal pieces (about 20-22g each)
  10. One by one, roll each piece of dough into a ½cm thick round shape. Cut into perfect circles with a cookie cutter (or upturned drinking glass if you don't have one) that's slightly wider than the hole of your muffin tin. **Rolling each pie case individually means that you don't overwork the pastry by re-rolling over & over again**
  11. Gently press the pastry rounds into the muffin tin holes (handy hint: use a small lump of pastry to do this if you have long fingernails!)
  12. Spoon mincemeat into each pastry case and press down gently to level. Don't overfill
  13. Get the smaller batch of dough out of the fridge and again divide into 12 equal pieces (about 11g each)
  14. One by one, roll each piece of dough into a ½cm thick round shape. Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. I used a star-shaped cutter but you can make other Christmas-y shapes like holly leaves, snowflakes, fir trees and the like!
  15. Top each pie with the shaped pastry before brushing the tops with a little beaten egg
  16. Bake for 12-15 minutes
  17. Allow to cool in the tin completely before removing
  18. Put on a cooling rack or serving plate and sprinkle/dredge with icing sugar
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