It’s Blogmas Day 4!
Mince pies are one of my favourite things about Christmas. I remember being really, really young and helping my mum bake mince pies in the kitchen on a tiny little plastic table in a tiny little plastic bowl and thinking it was the most fun I’ve ever had! Now I can bake them in my own kitchen in a glass bowl like a proper adult but I still have an amazing time.
I just love to pop on a Christmas movie and get baking…
First I use butter to grease a shallow bun tin.
To save time, I’ve been using bags of shortcrust pastry mix to make the pastry. All you need to do is add water so it’s nice and quick to whip up if you have guests coming over or you’re going out.
Once the pastry has been made you need to roll it out to about 3mm thick and cut small circles to make the bases. I use always use a glass or cup to do this but you could use a cookie cutter.
Place each base into the bun tin and add a heaped teaspoon of mince pie filling into each one.
With the leftover pastry, I use little Christmas cookie cutters in the shape of stars, gingerbread men, trees and stockings to create festive toppers for each pie.
I brushed milk onto the exposed pastry and popped them into the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. Once they were all golden, I left the pies to cool and sprinkled some icing sugar over them.
What do you enjoy baking most at Christmas time?