Mince pies are one of my favourite things about Christmas. They make your home smell so festive and are a perfect festive treat to serve to guests or bring with you to family gatherings.
I just love to pop on a festive film or your favourite Christmas songs 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. They’re very affordable and all you need to do is add water so it’s nice and quick to whip up at a moments notice.
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’ve always used a glass or cup that’s slightly wider than the circles in the bun tin. You could use a round 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.
Brush milk onto the exposed pastry and pop them into the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.
Leave the pies to cool before sprinkling some icing sugar over them.