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    30 Minute Mince Pies

    Buying the pastry and mincemeat from Waitrose means you'll have mince pies that look and taste home-made. These multi-shaped little pies take no more than 30 minutes to prepare and cook, and are great to make with the children.

    • Vegetarian
    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 12 minutes to 15 minutes
    • Total time: 27 minutes to 30 minutes 30 minutes


    • 375g pack Saxby's Fresh Ready Rolled Puff Pastry
    • ½ x 410g jar Waitrose Traditional Recipe Mincemeat
    • 1 medium egg yolk, beaten with a littlecold milk, for glazing
    • For the icing:
    • 5 tbsp icing sugar, sieved
    • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice


    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Unroll the pastry and flatten down on the work surface. Using shaped cutters, cut out an assortment of shapes, such as hearts, diamonds and stars, and place on 2 baking trays, spaced well apart. Alternatively, cut 20 rounds using a fluted 6cm cutter.
    2. Lightly prick the centre of each pastry shape with a fork. Brush with the egg and milk glaze.
    3. Place a little mincemeat in the centre of each pastry shape and bake for 12-15 minutes or until risen and golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool for a few minutes.
    4. Make the lemon icing by mixing the icing sugar with enough lemon juice to make a stiff paste. Spoon into the corner of a plastic food bag and snip off the corner. Squeeze the bag and drizzle the icing over the mince pies in lines or a crisscross pattern.

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    Cook's tips

    For a different flavour and texture, place little rolled-up balls of marzipan on the pastry, then add the mincemeat and bake.


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