Festive baking – mince pies 

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Another post to my Festive Baking series! You can check out my other festive baking posts here & here… 

This time we are getting all classic festive baking with possibly the most festive treat of them all MINCE PIES! I have not always been a fan of mince pies but I think it’s just one of those things that you automatically like when you reach a certain age… But I do really enjoy making them at Christmas time and if I do say so myself this was a really good batch! I got my inspiration for this recipe online here

To make the mince pies you will need;

  • 240g of plain flour
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 60g of vegetable shortening or lard
  • 1 orange
  • Mince meat 

I put the flour, butter and vegetable shortening/lard in a bowl and whisked it up until it was crumbly. I then cut the orange into 2 halfs and squeezed each half for the Orange juice. Then added the juice into the mixture and mixed it all together to form a dough. I then wrapped the dough in cling film and placed in the fridge for 15 minutes…

Once the dough has chilled in the fridge It’s time to roll it out using a rolling pin and then cut out your little pies using a cutter. Place the cut out pastry into a little cupcake baking tray and fill each pie with a teaspoon of mincemeat. Go back to the left over dough and cut out little stars to cover the mincemeat. 

I used a fan oven and preheated it to 180° . I left them to bake for 15 minutes.

The pastry should rise a little and they should come out golden and smelling like Christmassy heaven! 

To finish them off I dust a little icing sugar over them… And voilà! 


Are you a mince pie fan? What’s your favourite festive treat? How many times do I want to say festive in one blog post?!
Anna X 

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