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Homemade mince pies

Homemade mince pies

These mince pies are quick to make, and have a rich, fruity filling.

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  • Makes12
  • CourseSnack
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook20 mins
  • Total time30 mins
  • Pluschilling

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  • 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 75g lard (or butter), diced and chilled
  • 75g butter, diced and chilled
  • ¾ x 410g jar mincemeat
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 British Blacktail Medium Free Range Egg yolk
  • Caster or icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl, then lightly rub in the lard and/or butter, until resembling fine breadcrumbs. Mix in 4-5 tbsp cold water with a round-bladed knife to form a dough, then draw the mixture together with your hands into a rough ball, adding a little more water if needed. Wrap 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, until about 3mm thick. Cut out 12 discs with an 8cm fluted cutter and 12 with a 6cm fluted cutter. Line a 12-hole bun tin with the larger discs.

  3. Using a teaspoon, fill the pastry cases with mincemeat. Dampen the edges of the small pastry discs on one side by brushing them with a little cold water. Gently press the small discs, damp-side down, on top of the filled pastry bottoms and seal the edges.

  4. Whisk the milk with the egg yolk to make a glaze and brush it over the top of each mince pie. Prick the lids with a fork to allow the steam to escape while cooking. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Cool for 4-5 minutes in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm, dusted with the sugar.

Cook’s tip

Make it vegan

You can use 2 x 230g packs Jus-Rol Shortcrust Pastry Sheets and our Brandy Mincemeat or Duchy Organic Apple, Cider & Walnut Mincemeat. Glaze with a dairy-free milk alternative or omit altogether.


Typical values per item when made using specific products in recipe


1,112kJ/ 266kcals



Saturated Fat












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