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    Mini Mince Pies with Lemon Icing

    These pies make great gifts to share with friends and family, or can be prepared ahead, ready to cook straight from the freezer when guests arrive.

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus at least 30 minutes chilling and setting
    • Cooking time: 10-12 minutes, plus cooling
    • Total time: 1 hour - 1 hour 2 minutes, plus cooling time 60 minutes 5 minutes

    Makes: About 36 pies

    Ingredients

    • 200g Waitrose Plain White Flour, sifted
    • 100g cold butter, cubed
    • 25g ground almonds
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 410g jar Waitrose Mincemeat
    • 50g icing sugar
    • For the icing:
    • 8 tbsp icing sugar
    • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

    Method

    1. Place the flour, butter, ground almonds, icing sugar and egg in a food processor and whizz until the mixture forms a ball. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead very gently. Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and chill for at least 30 minutes.
    2. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin. Using a 6cm pastry cutter, cut out 36 rounds and line 3 x 12-hole mini bun or muffin tins. (You may have to re-roll the pastry; if you have fewer tins, make the pies in batches.) Fill each case with mincemeat.
    3. Bake the pies for 10-12 minutes, or until the pastry is just beginning to brown around the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
    4. Mix the icing sugar with just enough lemon juice to make a smooth but thick paste. Cover each mince pie with icing and top with a little lemon zest. If packing into boxes, allow to set first. The pies will keep for up to 1 week in an airtight container.

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    Cook's tips

    At the end of paragraph 2 of the instructions freeze the pies in the tins. Transfer to freezer bags. To use, return to the tins and bake from frozen for 12-15 minutes at 200°C, gas mark 6. Cool and decorate as in paragraph 4 of the instructions. Wrap individual pies in Cellophane to give as gifts.

    Drinks recommendation

    These festive pies cry out for a glass of bubbly.

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