Christmas Food; Homemade Mince Pies

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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 handwritten recipe book dating back to the 1930s.

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 whiskey 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.

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 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!


  • Kim Carberry

    3rd December 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Ahh! Homemade mince pies are just the best…..
    I make some every year. They don’t last long x
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    1. Candace

      3rd December 2016 at 1:44 PM

      Mine don’t last long either!

  • Kara

    4th December 2016 at 11:20 AM

    I do love mince pies but have never made my own…….really must give it a go
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  • Catherine Green

    5th December 2016 at 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…

  • Melanie Smith

    5th December 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Yummy!! I can’t wait to try them! Look so delicious <3
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  • Chloe

    5th December 2016 at 10:18 PM

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

  • Tara Pittman

    6th December 2016 at 12:33 AM

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

  • Brittany

    6th December 2016 at 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.

    1. Candace

      6th December 2016 at 8:57 AM

      You can use butter

  • Amy Jones

    6th December 2016 at 2:32 AM

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

  • Christina Aliperti

    6th December 2016 at 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.

  • Elizabeth O.

    6th December 2016 at 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!

  • Ana De- Jesus

    6th December 2016 at 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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  • Amber Myers

    6th December 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Ooo I’d certainly give these a try. They look tasty.
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  • Anne Yedlin

    6th December 2016 at 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.

  • karlyn cruz

    6th December 2016 at 5:51 PM

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

  • Kathy

    6th December 2016 at 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.

  • Krystle Cook

    7th December 2016 at 12:45 AM

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

  • Hey Sharonoox

    7th December 2016 at 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!

  • Kecia

    7th December 2016 at 1:47 AM

    I have never had mince pies. The way you describe them, however, they sound amazing!
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  • Rosey

    7th December 2016 at 2:30 PM

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

  • Yona Williams

    7th December 2016 at 3:20 PM

    I have never had mincemeat pie before, but every once and a while, my Dad requests it for the holidays. I like that this recipe is for mini-pies – I LOVE mini-pies.
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  • Echo

    7th December 2016 at 4:46 PM

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

  • Katy {ashadeofteal}

    7th December 2016 at 6:40 PM

    I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had mince pie’s. These look delicious and I need to try them this holiday season.
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  • CourtneyLynne

    9th December 2016 at 4:45 AM

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

  • Tauyanm

    9th December 2016 at 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

  • Anosa

    10th December 2016 at 8:07 AM

    These homeade mince pies look absolutely delicious even though I can not eat them.
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  • Dana Vento

    11th December 2016 at 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.

  • Coralie

    11th December 2016 at 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.

  • Eb Gargano /

    23rd December 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Ooh I do love a good mince pie and yours do look rather fabulous! Isn’t it lovely to make a recipe that has been handed down through the generations? Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare 🙂 Eb x
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  • Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    26th December 2016 at 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

    1. Candace

      26th December 2016 at 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

  • Cat

    29th December 2016 at 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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