Mince Pies Recipe

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Encased in a flaky, golden pastry shell, each  mince pie cradles a generous dollop of rich and spiced mincemeat filling. The aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and dried fruits mingles with the buttery scent of the perfectly baked crust, creating a sensory experience that evokes memories of winter celebrations.

The pastry, tender and buttery, yields effortlessly to reveal a luscious center where the sweetness of apples, raisins, and currants harmonizes with a hint of citrus zest. The intricate blend of flavors unfolds with each bite, offering a perfect balance of sweetness and warmth.

MInce pies

Mince Pies Recipe

Indulge in the timeless delight of homemade mince pies, a quintessential treat that embodies the warmth and joy of the holiday season. These delectable pastries boast a golden, flaky crust that cradles a luscious filling of spiced mincemeat, a rich blend of dried fruits, citrus peel, spices, and a hint of brandy. Each bite is a harmonious dance of sweet and savory flavors, creating a symphony on your palate.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 4 kcal

Equipment

  • Muffin tin
  • Round pastry cutter
  • Rolling Pin
  • Flour for dusting
  • Pastry brush

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter cold and cubed
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup mincemeat filling
  • 1 egg beaten (for egg wash)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions
 

Prepare the Pastry:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  • Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture.
  • Using a pastry cutter or food processor, blend the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add the granulated sugar and mix well.
  • Gradually add cold water, a little at a time, until the dough comes together. Avoid overworking the dough.

Chill the Dough:

  • Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Roll Out the Pastry:

  • On a floured surface, roll out the chilled pastry to about 1/8 inch thickness.

Cut Out the Pastry:

  • Use a round cookie cutter to cut out circles from the rolled-out pastry. Ensure the circles are large enough to line the muffin tin.

Line the Muffin Tin:

  • Press each pastry circle into the cups of a muffin tin, forming mini pie crusts.

Press each pastry circle into the cups of a muffin tin, forming mini pie crusts.

  • Spoon a small amount of mincemeat filling into each pastry-lined cup. Do not overfill.

Top with Pastry Lids:

  • Roll out more pastry and cut out smaller circles to use as lids for the pies. You can also use festive-shaped cookie cutters for a decorative touch.

Seal and Ventilate:

  • Place the pastry lids on top of the mincemeat filling and press the edges to seal the pies. Use a knife to make a small slit on the top of each pie to allow steam to escape during baking.

Egg Wash:

  • Brush the top of each pie with beaten egg using a pastry brush. This will give the pies a golden finish when baked.

Bake:

  • Place the muffin tin in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

Cool and Serve:

  • Allow the mince pies to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Notes

Embrace the magic of the holidays with the enchanting aroma and irresistible taste of homemade mince pies.
Keyword Healthy, Mince Pies, Warm
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