Not just for Christmas!
Well, actually, they maybe are.
But it’s never too late to practice / blog about something you did months ago 😉
Shop-bought ones never taste quite as good as the home-made sort. Even if it’s a case of rolling out some shortcrust pastry and plopping in some store-bought mincemeat, they’ll be better… I didn’t have any pastry, so went one-up in the making stage and made my own. It’s really simple, actually.
125g plain flour
55g butter, cubed
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
Pinch baking powder
Dash lemon juice
2-3 tbsp cold water
- Rub the butter in the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the sugar, baking powder, and spice.
- Swirl in the lemon juice and some of the water with a knife, stirring until it comes together – the amount of water you’ll need varies, but just take care not to put too much in.
- Wrap dough in clingfilm and chill in fridge for 15 minutes.
- Roll out on a floured surface, then cut with a large fluted circle-cutter. Place in a greased shallow-cupcake tin. Fill with mincemeat.
- Cut out slightly smaller circles.
- Brush the edges with milk, then cover with the small circles and pinch edges together. Cut a cross in the middle of each pie, and brush with a little milk.
- Bake at about Gas Mark 5 / 200oC until turning brown – about 30-40 minutes.