Mince Pie Recipe

Traditional Homemade Christmas Cake Recipe
Enjoyed every year by my friends and family


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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 easy Christmas desserts, since you could bake them ahead of time and freeze them. 

Mince pies are relatively easy to make, but you need to prepare the mincemeat ahead if time, since it need to mature.  So, if you want to have homemade mince pies during your holidays, then you need to get an early 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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

 

Directions:

  • 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”.
  • Cut out rounds that are slightly bigger than your muffin or tartlet 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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