Happy Months (Mince Pies)

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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.

Happy Month Mince Pie’s

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Ingredients

(makes 8oz of pastry which makes approx 12-15 mince pies… want more, simply double the ingredients!)

8oz Self Raising Flour

4oz Butter

1oz Sugar

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 :))

What else

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

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Rub together the butter and flour and sugar in a bowl to make fine crumbs.

pastry crumbs

pastry crumbs

Add the water and sir in with a knife until you have a dough that isn’t too sticky or too crumbly.

Pastry dough

Pastry dough

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.

Rolled and cut pastry cases

Rolled and cut pastry cases

Add the pastry circles to your baking tray, then add a generous amount of mincemeat to each of the pastry cases.

generously filled pastry cases

generously filled 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.

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

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.

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

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Give them a go, they’re quick and simple to make and they taste delicious!

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2 thoughts on “Happy Months (Mince Pies)

  1. diane says:

    Enjoyed your post! I have my grandmother’s happy month tins. They must be very old because I’m not young. Not many people like mincemeat, but this year I’m going to make them anyway. The last Christmas that my mother was active, we made happy months together for the last time.
    This post has brought back many good memories. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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    • Mummy Wife Woman says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment and sharing your ‘happy month’ memories with me 🙂 Writing this post brough back a lot of happy memories of baking them with my mum too so Im glad it brought back some happy memories for you too. Merry Christmas xx

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