The Best Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies – From Scratch!

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Nothing screams Christmas more than Mince Pies right?! Yes, you can buy tons of them at the shops – both good and bad quality, but if you make your own I guarantee you will never look back! These little snowflake beauties are a far cry from anything you can buy and, I promise, your friends and family will notice too! These absolutely have to be on your to do list this year.

Here is what you will need to make 12.

For the Mincemeat (Makes approx 1.2kg)

  • 300g/2 x Small Bramley Apples, Cored & Chopped (Don’t Peel)
  • 25g Chopped Almonds
  • 120g Sultanas
  • 120g Currants
  • 175g Raisins
  • 120g Mixed Peel
  • Grated Zest & Juice of 1 x Orange
  • Grated Zest & Juice of 1 x Lemon
  • 120g Shredded Suet
  • 175g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Mixed  Spice
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp Cointreau (Orange Liqueur)

 

For the Pies

  • 350g Plain Flour
  • 150g Unsalted Butter, Cold & Cubed
  • 1 tsp Caster Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 400g Mincemeat
  • Milk, To Glaze
  • Icing Sugar, To Decorate (Optional)

 

Essential Equipment

 

*PLEASE NOTE IT WILL TAKE APPROX 2 DAYS TO MAKE THE MINCEMEAT*

 

Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe

To make the mincemeat, add all of the ingredients, excluding the Cointreau, into a very large ovenproof bowl & give it a really good mix. Leave to sit overnight or at least 12 hours.

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Now preheat your oven to 110°C/Fan 100°C and loosely cover the bowl with foil. Place into the oven and cook for 3 hours.

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Give it a good stir then allow the mincemeat to cool completely before adding the Cointreau and stirring well for a final time.

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

And your mincemeat is complete! If you are going to use it all, place into an airtight container, store at room temperature & use within 2-3 days. If you are going to store it or give it as gifts – sterilise some Kilner jars by washing in hot soapy water. Then preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 170°C, place your jars (minus the seals) onto a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Fill with the mincemeat while the jars are still hot, place on the seals and close the lids. You can now store your mincemeat in a cool dark place for up to 3 years!

 

To Make The Mince Pies

To make the shortcrust pastry – in a large bowl, rub together the flour, butter, caster sugar & salt until it forms crumbs and there are no large bits of butter left.

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Now gradually add in just enough water so that it comes together to make a dough and the bowl is ‘clean’.

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Next, wrap your shortcrust pastry dough in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

Once your pastry has rested, on a lightly floured work surface, roll it out as thin as you can possibly get it without tearing. (No thicker than 2mm as the pastry puffs up during cooking.)

Then cut out 12 large circles using a 10cm fluted cookie cutter.

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Gather the pastry remains and reroll as thin as you can again. Then cut out 12 smaller circles for lids using a 7cm fluted cookie cutter.

For a final time, gather the remaining pastry and reroll thinly. Now, using a large snowflake plunge cutter, cut out 12 snowflakes.

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

One at a time, rub the tops of the mince pie lids with a little cold water and stick a snowflake on each one.

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

You’re now ready to assemble your Mince Pies!

Assembly and Baking

Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 190°C.

Lightly grease the holes in a 12 hole muffin/cupcake tin then line each one with one of the larger pastry circles.

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Fill each one with half a tablespoon of mincemeat. The trick here is to not overfill or it will bubble out during cooking. A little ‘spillage’ adds to the rustic homemade charm but, overdo it, and yours will be swimming in the stuff and be very difficult to remove from the tin!

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Finally, rub a little water around the edges of each mince pie and press on the lids to seal. Brush lightly with a little bit of milk then pop into the preheated oven to bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly golden.

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. When cool, dust with a little icing sugar and store in an airtight container at room temperature. Consume within 7 days.

Easy Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pies Recipe | Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Don’t they look beautiful?! Making your own mincemeat really does put these Mince Pies in a league of their own. The best part? When it’s cooking in the oven and your whole house smells like Christmas! There isn’t a Yankee candle in the world that even comes close to how incredible that is. These little beauties would make a wonderful homemade gift and a perfect addition to any party buffet table. I implore you to go the extra mile and make your own from scratch – I promise you won’t regret it!

I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next time.

Miss KitchenMason

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