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Our rich, and delicious mince pie recipe

Our rich, and delicious mince pie recipe

Our rich and delicious mince pie recipe

Christmas tree lights are twinkling, and the fire is roaring… its time to crack open the tub of warm, homemade mince pies to share with your loved ones. Here’s our perfect mince pie recipe to give you a little helping hand.


For the mincemeat: 

150g bramley apples, finely chopped

125g black seedless grapes, finely chopped

125g currants, chopped

150g sultanas, chopped


40g mixed peel, chopped

30g dried cranberries

60g nibbed almonds

Zest and juice of 1 orange, and 1 grapefruit

250g muscovado sugar

10g Chinese five-spice powder

5g powdered cardamom 

½ cinnamon stick, powdered

100 ml dark rum


For the sweet shortcrust pastry:

250g unsalted butter

125g icing sugar

2 egg yolks 

500g plain flour


To finish:

1 egg beaten

Icing sugar


Preparing the mincemeat:

Mix all the ingredients together, stir well and refrigerate until needed


Making the pastry: 

Mix together the butter and icing sugar until they are completely blended, then add the egg yolks and finally the flour. Knead until you have a smooth dough, and leave to rest for at least one hour before using. 


Making the mince pies: 

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees / Gas mark 5

Roll the pastry out to a little less than 5mm thick. Cut out 30 rounds just a little larger than your tartelette moulds, and 30 rounds with the pastry cutter two sizes down (or, for fun, as we have done, some star shapes). Line the tartelette moulds (or muffin tins) with the large rounds of puff pastry. Fill them with mincemeat to level with the sides. Now brush a little beaten egg around the edges of the smaller rounds (or the stars) and stick them on top of the mince pies. Brush with a little more beaten egg, and then bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes until golden brown. 

Transfer from the moulds to a wire rack and leave to cool. Sprinkle generously with icing sugar.


The only thing left to do is delve into your warming mince pies, put your feet up, and enjoy a glass of wine.

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