Having made a huge jar of delicious mincemeat a couple of weeks ago, the time has arrived to make the mince pies.
I love mince pies, and cannot contemplate the festive season without a stash of them in the freezer, they are lovely on their own, with custard, cream, brandy butter, baileys cream………
Mmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about them.
I make mine using the same recipe for Rich Sweet Pastry that my Mam used to make hers.
16oz/450g Plain Flour
4oz/100g Icing Sugar
10oz/300g Butter, cubed
2 Egg yolks
2 Tbsp Ice Cold water
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
Approx 700g Good quality shop bought or homemade mincemeat
Sieve the flour and icing sugar together. Add the margarine, rubbing into the flour and icing sugar with your finger tips, until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add the egg mixture and bring the dough together. Knead lightly until you have a light smooth dough. (Tip: This can be done very quickly in a food processor). Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for one hour.
Preheat the oven to 200C/GM 6. Have ready some ungreased tartlet tins, or lightly grease 12 hole bun tins.
Roll out the pastry thinly, this is easier to do if you divide your pastry into 3 or 4 pieces.
Cut into rounds with a fluted cutter, using a smaller one to cut corresponding tops, or perhaps you’d prefer to cut small stars or snowflakes to top your pies!
Line the tins with the larger rounds, place a heaped teaspoon of mincemeat into each one and top with the smaller rounds.
Brush the tops of your pies with the leftover, lightly beaten, egg white, mark little slits in the top and sprinkle with a little caster sugar.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before removing from the tins.
These mince pies, in fact most mince pies, are delicious hot or cold, on their own, as a pudding, with frothy coffee and any of the aforementioned accompaniments. They are simply meant to be enjoyed.
Today Mr. Simply Homemade and I had ours warm from the oven with a generous dollop of freshly whipped cream, not for any other reason other than this blog of course!!