Christmas preparations are well under way now. Think its time I made my first lot of Mince Pie’s… or Happy Months as they were called when I was growing up.
(There is a tradition that says for each mince pie eaten over the festive period one will get a happy month in the following year)… best get eating 🙂
Last year, I used my Mum’s last ever jar of homemade Mincemeat. My Brother has carried on that tradition so this years, will made using my Brothers Mincemeat.
(makes 8oz of pastry which makes approx 12-15 mince pies… want more, simply double the ingredients!)
8oz Self Raising Flour
75ml of cold water
(my Mum always insisted on SF flour and not plain. She said it made a softer thicker pastry that melted in your mouth… she was right :))
A jar of Mincemeat
1 egg beaten with a splash of milk to coat the top of the pies
A sprinkling of sugar
A little water to stick the tops on the pies
Rub together the butter and flour and sugar in a bowl to make fine crumbs.
Add the water and sir in with a knife until you have a dough that isn’t too sticky or too crumbly.
Roll out the pastry on a flat surface and using the pastry cutter (i use the largest one). You will need 12-15 of the largest circles and 12-15 of the medium sized ones to top your pies.
Add the pastry circles to your baking tray, then add a generous amount of mincemeat to each of the pastry cases.
Next, use a little water and using your fingers cover one side of the pastry case tops and then stick them down onto the mincemeat filled pastry cases. Be sure to press down round the edge to make sure they stick together well. Then, using your fingers again, dip them into the egg and milk mix and cover the tops of the pies evenly and sprinkle with sugar. Im quite generous with the sugar as it makes the tops of the bun quite crunchy. Once done, use some baking scissors and snip twice on the tops of the pies.
Bake in the center of a pre-heated oven for 15-20 mins or until golden on top! Then leave to cool on a wire rack.
Give them a go, they’re quick and simple to make and they taste delicious!