What could be simpler than Christmas mid-morning when your guests arrive, handing them a plate of homemade mince pies to feast on! They are so incredibly easy to make, especially if you cheat a little and buy the mice pie filling.
1 large jar mincemeat (about 600g)
375g plain flour
260g unsalted softened butter
125g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 large egg, plus 1 beaten egg for glazing
A little icing sugar, for dusting
If you want to add extra filling try 2 satsumas, 1 apple and zest from 1 lemon
• Place the flour and butter together in a bowl and rub together to create a crumb consistency. Then add the sugar and 1 egg then mix together to make a sticky dough.
• Tip the ingredients out onto a lightly floured surface and fold until it comes together to create a firm dough. Wrap it in cling film and pop in the fridge to cool for about 10 minutes.
• At this point you can add satsuma, apple and zest to your jar of mincemeat. Turn your oven on to 220C/200C for fan assisted ovens or Gas 7.
• Roll out your pastry to roughly 3mm thickness and begin cutting the shapes.
• Grease your cupcake tin then place your circular pastry bases in, pressing lightly. Tablespoon your mincemeat into the base and brush the edges with your whisked egg.
• Re-roll your left over pastry and create your star-shaped tops placing them on top and glaze.
• Bake your mince pies for 15 to 20 minutes, then take them out of the oven to cool before placing them on a rack.
• Finally dust with icing sugar and enjoy!
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