Serves 18

225g plain flour

4 tablespoons of icing sugar

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

150g of softened butter

2 tablespoons of orange zest

4 tablespoons of ice water

200g of mincemeat

1 beaten egg

Icing sugar for dusting

  1. Set the oven to 200 C or gas mark 6.
  2. Sift together the flour, icing sugar and cinnamon and then use a pastry cutter or two forks to mix in butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Then stir in the orange zest and sprinkle with the ice water.
  4. Gather the dough into a ball and roll it out on a lightly floured surface so that it is about 5cm thick.
  5. Cut out about 18 (7cm) diameter circles, and 18 (5cm) diameter circles rerolling the dough as needed.
  6. Line muffin tin or patty tin using the larger pastry circles. Fill each pastry shell with about 1 tablespoon of mincemeat. Then place on top the smaller pastry circles pinching the pastry together to seal the edges. Brush the top of each pie with the egg.
  7. Bake the mince pies in the oven until tops are golden brown which will take about 15 – 20 minutes. Leave to cool and then dust with icing sugar before serving.

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Article by Amy Curtis.