Mince Pie Recipe

Traditional Homemade Christmas Cake Recipe

This yummy mince pie recipe is a Christmas must have dessert.  Served cold or warm it always tastes great.

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 speaking countries. 

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 them.

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.

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)


You will also need:

  • Muffin (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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