Mince Pie Recipe
Traditional Homemade Christmas Cake Recipe
The first mince pie recipe dates back to the middle ages, making it a
very traditional Christmas cake. Since it came from England, it is mostly known in the English
I never baked them since my background is Polish, so these little treats were new to me. I consider them an easy
Christmas dessert since you can bake them ahead of time and freeze
Mince pies are relatively easy to make, but you need to prepare the mincemeat ahead of time,
since it needs to mature. So if you want to have homemade mince pies during your holidays, then you need to get an eary start and make the mincemeat middle of November.
If you are lucky and live in an
area where you can buy readymade mincemeat, then it is a matter of
minutes and you got yourself an easy Christmas dessert. I really hope
that you will enjoy this mince pie recipe.
Prepare the mincemeat as directed on my mincemeat recipe page.
- 175 g four (6.2 oz)
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 113 g of butter (1/2 cup)
- 30-60 ml of ice water (1/8 to ¼ cup)
(cupcake) or tartlet forms
- Mix the flour, salt, and sugar until combined.
- Add the butter and knead the dough until it will resemble streusel (coarse
meal). I recommend using the hook attachment on most mixers, but you could as
well use your hands.
- Add 30 ml of water and knead until the dough just holds together. If you need
more water, add more, but slowly so the dough won't be too moist.Try to
process the dough quickly, up to 30 seconds, if possible.
- Cover the dough with plastic foil and place it in a fridge for 30 minutes.
- Take the dough from the fridge and roll out until 1/8” thick.
- Cut out rounds that are lightly bigger than your muffin or tartlets forms.
Place about a teaspoon of the mincemeat filling into each form.
- From the rest of the dough, cut out stars to cover the mince pies.
- You can smear the star cover with slightly whipped egg mixed with 1 tablespoon
of water to add shine to the mince pie.
- Place the mince pies in an oven and bake at 400°F (205°C) for about 10 - 15
minutes or until the pastry has turned gold.
- Cool the mince pies on a wire rack
and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
You can heat the mince pies in a microwave and serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a heap of whipped cream, or a rum butter topping.
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