18 December 2015

The Best Ever Mince Pie Recipe


I have been visiting my Nannie to make Mince Pies with her every Christmas for about 5 years now. It's a Christmas tradition that I really cherish, and her recipe is honestly better than anything I've tried. I had a little browse on the internet to see if I could see the same recipe anywhere without luck, there were similar recipes but nothing exact, so I thought I'd share it here with you!


You will need:

350g Plain Flour
75g Lard (At room temperature)
75g Butter (At room temperature)
1 Large Jar of mincemeat
Water
1 Large Egg
Sugar (Caster or Plain, whichever you prefer, I use plain)

This recipe makes about 24 mince pies.


1. Preheat your oven to 200oC (Gas mark 6) and line your cake trays with a generous amount of butter. Muffin or cupcake trays are fine!


2. Sieve the flour into a bowl, I'd recommend a glass bowl if you have one. Add the butter and lard in small chunks, then using a fork mix until small breadcrumbs are formed. The glass bowl is handy here because you can see what you've missed!



3. Slowly begin to add the water and mix together. You want to end up with a solid dough and clean bowl. It should not be sticky, if it is, add more flour. If it is too hard add a touch more water.



4. Sprinkle flour onto your work surface and roll out the dough until it is about 2mm thick. Then spread butter over two-thirds of the dough and fold in on itself. Doing this traps the air in the pastry and is what makes it fluffy. I would then roll in out again, and do this step 2 more times, the more the better.


5. Once you've rolled, buttered and folded enough times, roll it out again to about 2mm thick and begin cutting the shapes for the base of the pie. Pop these on top of the holes in the cake tin and press lightly.


6. Fill with mincemeat, usually just one teaspoon is enough but it's very much personal preference.


7. With the remaining dough, cut out enough tops for your pies. I used a star cookie cutter, but you can use a medium circle cookie cutter if you want a closed pie.


8. Then in a small bowl, mix the egg and egg whites together. Using a baker's brush, paint the stars with the egg. This is what will make the top super crispy and golden brown Alternatively you can use milk or water.


9. Finally, dust the mince pies with sugar and pop in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes.

10. Once golden brown, remove from the oven and leave to cool completely until you remove them from the baking tray!




Serve and enjoy! Honestly, these mince pies are the best ever, maybe it's because they're my Nan's recipe and I make them with her is what make them so special, but they taste incredible too! If you try the recipe out, send me a picture when you're done, I'd love to see your master pieces.

Merry Christmas,
Melissa

P.S. Sorry about the out of focus and over-exposed photographs, this is quite a mind-consuming recipe post to make and my photographs got the short deal.

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  1. Oh ma goodness these mince pies look amazing! <3 The idea of making my own pastry scares me (yours turned out beautiful!) but I think I will try this recipe :) xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

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  2. Sounds like a lovely tradition :-) I made mince pies this week too! I think putting stars on the top make them look so cute. Fabulous post! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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