Mince pies

It’s not Christmas until you’ve made your first batch of mince pies! Making your own is really easy and tastes so much better than even the best store-bought ones.

Mince pies


  • 170g flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 113g butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup ice-cold water
  • 1 jar mince (or make your own using this recipe)


  1. In a large mixing bowl add the cubed butter to the flour and salt and rub the butter in until you have a breadcrumb-like mixture.
  2. Add the water, a little at a time, and bring together until you get a pastry-like consistency.
  3. Cut the pastry into bits you will use for each recipe and wrap them in foil.
  4. Place into the fridge for an hour before using.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  6. Roll out the pastry and cut 12 rounds large enough to coat the bottom of a muffin tin.
  7. Grease the muffin tin well and dust with flour.
  8. Line the bottom with pastry.
  9. Add a tsp of mince to each pastry case.
  10. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut 12 stars and place one on top of each mince pie.
  11. Bake in the oven for 20 mins until the pastry is golden.
  12. Allow to cool for 10 mins in the pan before transferring to a wire rack.
  13. Dust with icing sugar.
  14. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

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