Homemade Mince Pies: Delicious & Simple To Make

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

Homemade Mince Pies: Delicious & Simple To Make. Hello friends. Do you like baking at Christmas? Of course, mince pies in-particular?

Homemade mincemeat is absolutely delicious and this version is very quick and simple to make.

At the same time you know all the ingredients you are putting in. So if you do not like something or are allergic to something, you can change things around.

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. Indeed both ways work well for Christmas.

How To Make Homemade Mince Pies:

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

How do you make mince pies from scratch?


1.) Firstly, 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.) Last but not least, cool slightly and remove carefully from the tin. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

Especially yummy when they are still warm. But not too warm!! With a nice spoonful of cream!!

You can also reheat them when you are ready to serve. Just make sure they are piping hot throughout.

Homemade Mince Pies: Delicious & Simple To Make

Homemade Mince Pies: Delicious & Simple To Make:

So can I reheat mince pies?

The mince pies can be reheated in a low oven (120c/250F) for 3-4 minutes.

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

So what do you think? Do you fancy trying these mince pies out?

So are you looking for more Christmas recipe ideas?

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  1. Rachel
    28 November 2016 / 22:53

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

    • 30 November 2016 / 13:23

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

  2. Isabella Wong
    28 November 2016 / 20:10

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

  3. oneyummymummy
    28 November 2016 / 15:54

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

    • 30 November 2016 / 13:22

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

  4. Elizabeth
    28 November 2016 / 06:51

    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!

  5. Rhian Westbury
    28 November 2016 / 00:27

    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

    • 30 November 2016 / 13:20

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

  6. Margarett Murphy
    26 November 2016 / 13:41

    I love mince pies. These look great!

  7. 25 November 2016 / 20:56

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

    • 30 November 2016 / 13:19

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