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Mince Pies

Mince Pies

What’s more Christmassy than eating mince pies, you ask? Why, making mince pies! Follow our homemade mince pie recipe for delectably decadent, melt-in-the-mouth homemade mince pies that the whole family (and Santa!) will enjoy.

At a Glance


10 People

Prep Time:

45 min

Cooking Time:

15 min

How To Make Mince Pies

Making mince pies needn’t be difficult, and our easy mince pie recipe means you’ll be able to bake up a seasonal storm and serve perfect mince pies to your guests this Christmas. Served warm or chilled with a zest of fruit flavour, learn how to make mince pies that will satisfy Christmas cravings throughout the entire festive period.

What you'll need:

The Pastry:

  • 375g Plain Flour
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs (1 beaten for glazing)
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 250g Butter (softened)

The Filling:

  • 1 jar Mincemeat
  • Lemon Zest
  • 2 Satsumas (segmented)
  • Icing Sugar (for dusting)
  • 1 Apple (chopped)


  1. Preheat the oven to 220⁰ C.
  2. Sieve the flour into a large bowl, then add the butter to rub together, creating a breadcrumb mixture. Next, add the caster sugar, salt and one egg. Stir well.
  3. Dust your work surface with flour, and place your mixture directly onto it, folding until the pastry comes together. Wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the refrigerator for 10 mins.
  4. Combine your mincemeat, satsumas, apple and lemon zest together into a bowl. Stir well.
  5.  Roll out your cooled pastry and cut out 10 circular bases using a round pastry cutter. Place these bases into a muffin tray and add your mincemeat mixture to each base. Note: for deeper filled pies, halve this step.
  6. Repeat the method for cutting out 10 lids, placing them on top of the pies and glazing each pie with the beaten egg.
  7. Sprinkle the icing sugar on top of the pies and make a couple of small cuts in the tops of the lids.
  8. Place in the oven to bake for 20 mins until golden brown. Leave to stand for 10 mins to cool, and then your homemade mince pies are ready to serve.
  9. Serve and enjoy your homemade mince pies! (After setting aside a couple for Santa and Rudolf.)

Tips & Tweaks:

Craving a lighter homemade mince pie? Try using puff pastry instead of shortcrust.

*Recipe adapted from Foodista, licensed under CC BY 3.0.

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