Homemade Mince Pies…

Homemade Mince Pies. Homemade mincemeat is absolutely delicious and this version is very quick and simple to make. The mincemeat and pastry recipe can also be used to make a large tart, which works very well as a Christmas dessert served with ginger ice cream or brandy flavoured crème anglaise.

For the pastry:

  • 225g/8oz plain flour
  • 140g/5oz butter, cut into cubes
  • Pinch of salt

For the mincemeat:

  • 1 apple
  • 85g/3oz sultanas
  • 85g/3oz raisins
  • 45g/1½ oz currants
  • 85g/3oz dried cranberries
  • 45g/1½ oz flaked almonds
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Grated zest ½ orange
  • 1 ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tbsp whisky or brandy
  • 55g/2oz melted butter
  • 1 ripe banana

To serve:

  • Icing sugar


  1. Make the pastry by sifting the flour into a large bowl. Add the butter and salt and rub in until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add approximately 5 tablespoons of ice cold water. Bring together to a ball of dough adding a little more water if necessary. Flatten into a circle and wrap in cling film. Chill for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Wash and grate the apple, including the skin. Put into a bowl and add the sultanas, raisins, cranberries, almonds, lemon zest, orange zest, mixed spice, whisky and melted butter. Mash the banana and add to the mincemeat.
  3. Roll out two thirds of the pastry and cut into medium sized circles using a pastry cutter. Line a 12 hole patty tin with the pastry. Place a spoonful of mincemeat into each pastry case. Roll out the rest of the pastry and cut into stars. Top each open pie with a star lid. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190˚C/Fan oven 170˚C/gas mark 5.
  5. Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 15-20.
  6. Cool slightly and remove carefully from the tin. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

Mince meat and mince pies recipe c/o Fiona Burrell, Principle at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School.

Claire Justine

Hi, I am Claire and I created Claire Justine in 2011. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Facebook



  1. Kim Carberry
    25th November 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Ohh! I do love mince pies and homemade one's are even nicer x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      30th November 2016 / 1:19 pm

      Thanks Kim, I like them when they are just cooling too 🙂

  2. Margarett Murphy
    26th November 2016 / 1:41 pm

    I love mince pies. These look great!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      30th November 2016 / 1:20 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Rhian Westbury
    28th November 2016 / 12:27 am

    I'm not a huge fan of mince pies myself but I always make them for the family. I love the open top star design, looks so pretty x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      30th November 2016 / 1:20 pm

      Thanks for the comment Rhian, I like to make stars and hearts on all my pies and tarts 🙂

  4. Elizabeth
    28th November 2016 / 6:51 am

    I do love a good mince pie, me! In fact, I had two last night with a cup of hot cocoa while watching a film. 🙂 Gorgeous recipe, this!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      30th November 2016 / 1:21 pm

      Whoo that sounds yummy Elizabeth 🙂

  5. oneyummymummy
    28th November 2016 / 3:54 pm

    i love mince pies.. i can almost smell yours through the screen!!! they look fab .. i will be trying out this recipe x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      30th November 2016 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I have some ready for tonight and some cream 🙂

  6. Isabella Wong
    28th November 2016 / 8:10 pm

    How delightful do these look? although i'm not a huge fan of mince pies these do look so so tasty x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      30th November 2016 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  7. Rachel
    28th November 2016 / 10:53 pm

    I love mince pies! I like the stars on top, sometimes a full lid is just too heavy on the pastry.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      30th November 2016 / 1:23 pm

      Thanks Rachel 🙂 I like making shapes on all mine now.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: