Christmas Food; Homemade Mince Pies

Mince Pies

Christmas isn’t Christmas without homemade mince pies. Flaky buttery sweet pastry encasing rich mincemeat full to the brim with rich decadent fruits and that lovely sticky sauce. If you’re lucky it will also have a little alcohol, brandy for example, mixed in as well.

My Grandmother was a tremendous sweet pastry cook. He pastry was to die for. A quite simple yet gorgeous tasting rough puff pastry recipe. A recipe I use from her hand written recipe book dating back to the 1930’s.

In our house from about now there at least 1 batch (24) mince pies cooked every week. Just like my Gran, I get lots of visitors this time of year popping in for a cup of tea and a mince pie. Evening guests are treated to whisky flavoured mince pies and a glass of Baileys.

It really means Christmas to us!

I love mince pies.  To me Christmas is not Christmas without the smell of homemade mince pies baking in the oven.  My Grandmother was a fabulous sweet pastry cook and taught me from a young age to make these pies.

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You will need:

  • 225g/8oz plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 50g/2oz lard
  • 50g/2oz butter
  • Approx 2 tablespoons of cold water
  • 2oz caster sugar

Mix flour and salt together.  Rub in the lard and butter.

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead.

Roll out the party to approx 5mm thick and cut out equal numbers of mince pie tops and bottoms.  The bottoms should be larger than the tops.

Grease and flour your cake tray to avoid pies sticking and place the pie bottoms in.

Add some one good quality mincemeat and a little slug of brandy, mixing well if you like.

Using your finger put a little milk around the edge of the pastry and add the top lid, pressing down the edges.  Next brush milk over the lid and sprinkle some caster sugar over the top.

Bake in the oven at 180 until golden brown.  Leave to cool for 5 minutes before placing on a cooling rack to cool further.  If you would like them served warm let them cool for around 15 minutes.

Now sit back, relax and enjoy!

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34 Comments

    • Candace
      3rd December 2016 / 1:44 PM

      Mine don’t last long either!

  1. 5th December 2016 / 6:23 PM

    Ooh, I’m coming to your house! 😉 I used to make mince pies with my Nan when I was a child, but have never got round to making them as an adult. Sweet festive memories! I might try your recipe if I find the time…

  2. 5th December 2016 / 10:18 PM

    Yum, yum and more yum! These are going to go perfectly with what I have planned for Christmas lunch!

  3. 6th December 2016 / 12:33 AM

    I have never had a mince pie. Now I know how to make them and they sound good.

  4. 6th December 2016 / 1:59 AM

    I have never heard of mince pies but they seem like they would be good! Is there a substitute for lard? We don’t eat pork so I was just wondering if there is a comparable alternative.

    • Candace
      6th December 2016 / 8:57 AM

      You can use butter

  5. 6th December 2016 / 2:32 AM

    This is probably one of my favorite desserts! I highly recommend them to everyone out there

  6. Christina Aliperti
    6th December 2016 / 6:33 AM

    YUM! I love mince pies and there’s nothing like homemade. I have to try this because you make it seem so easy.

  7. Elizabeth O.
    6th December 2016 / 10:06 AM

    What a lovely pastry to serve during the Holidays! I love that they’re not so difficult to make and that they come in small serving sizes, perfect for kids as well!

  8. 6th December 2016 / 12:32 PM

    I love mince pies especially when they are dunked in nice hot custard. I would like to try and make my own one day as well!
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  9. Anne Yedlin
    6th December 2016 / 4:44 PM

    I have never tried these but they look delicious. Will definitely have to give them a go and see what the family thinks. Thank you for sharing.

  10. karlyn cruz
    6th December 2016 / 5:51 PM

    I love this homemade mince pies. Looks so yummy. I will try this at home. Thanks for sharing this.

  11. Kathy
    6th December 2016 / 10:40 PM

    These look great. I have never actually made these before. They look so great too! I’ll have to give them a try.

  12. Krystle Cook
    7th December 2016 / 12:45 AM

    I have never made a mince pie before. This looks so delicious that I need to give it a try,

  13. 7th December 2016 / 1:03 AM

    I never tried mince pie before but I’d definitely want to try now after reading this post. They looks so good!

  14. Rosey
    7th December 2016 / 2:30 PM

    My oldest son’s mother in law served these with the Thanskgiving apeptizers. Everyone loved them!

  15. 7th December 2016 / 4:46 PM

    I would really love to try these! They look so delicious and I have never tried mince meat!

  16. CourtneyLynne
    9th December 2016 / 4:45 AM

    Omg these pies look so yummy!!! I must give your recipe a try!

  17. Tauyanm
    9th December 2016 / 1:18 PM

    Omg that looks define i havent had this for so long! Now im salivating this is indeed a must for Christine or holidays

  18. 10th December 2016 / 8:07 AM

    These homeade mince pies look absolutely delicious even though I can not eat them.
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  19. Dana Vento
    11th December 2016 / 6:56 AM

    It looks so good for deserts. I will add the recipe on my list and make this one! Homemade is better than the others made.

  20. 11th December 2016 / 9:54 PM

    These look really yummy. I don’t know if I have ever had a mince meat pie- I need to try making them.

  21. 26th December 2016 / 8:34 PM

    Aw Candace, it must be lovely to have your Grandmother’s old recipe book to hand, my Grandma was an amazing baker too but she never seemed to write down her recipes so now all we can do is remember how good they were and if we’re lucky we’ll stumble occassionally across a recipe which is almost how Grandma made something. I love mincepies too, they’re a must in our houese too. These look absolutely great. I love that you’ve popped some lard into your pastry – it’s just how I used to make it when I was at school, but being vegetarian now I tend to just use butter (or occassinally trex though that has its own issues).
    Angela x

    • Candace
      26th December 2016 / 8:36 PM

      Old fashioned ways are sometimes the best. Sorry you don’t have your Grandmas recipes written down, my Grandmothers recipe book is something I really treasure

  22. Cat
    29th December 2016 / 1:18 PM

    You know I can eat your mince pies quicker than you can make them! Really missed not having some this year. You’re going to have to make me some when I come back at Easter

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