Makes 18 mince pies
500g (1 block) of ready made puff pastry, defrosted
1 egg, beaten
1 jar of mincemeat
A little flour (any kind)
A little granulated sugar
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 4, 180 °C electric.
- Place the puff pastry on a work surface and cut into two equal portions. Set aside the one half and with a sprinkling of flour, dust the work surface and a rolling pin. Roll out the puff pastry to a large rectangle, about 2mm in thickness.
- With a wide rim glass or mug, use it to cut out the bases of the mince pies.
Dawn: I managed to make 12 and then pushed all the leftovers into one ball of pastry to make the remaining 6 bases.
Andrew: Sounds very economical to make, Dawn.
Dawn: They are: I reckon that the ingredients have cost about £2! That’s just over 11p each! Anyway, on with the recipe!
- With the leftover pastry, form a ball and roll out again. Cut out as many bases as possible using the wide rim glass or mug. Keep doing this until there’s not enough pastry left to make another base.
- With the other half of the puff pastry, do exactly the same thing: roll out with a dusting of flour on a work surface and make an equal number of tops to match the bases. Set these aside in the fridge while you work on the bases.
Dawn: I rolled each of the two portions of left over pastry out twice to get a further 6 bases and they worked: taste and texture of puffiness is great. I let these extra 6 bases ‘rest’ in the fridge for 25 minutes before baking them.
- Place the pastry bases on a non-stick baking tray or trays, depending on the size you are using.
- Put about 2/3rd of a tablespoon of mincemeat in the centre of each base.
- With a food brush, brush the edge of each pie base with a little of the beaten egg.
Andrew: This acts as ‘glue’ to stick the base and top together.
Dawn: Exactly right, Andrew.
- Now, take the pie tops from the fridge and place one on top of each base which has mincemeat on.
- Press down around the edges on each so they are bound together.
- Make a small cut in each pie top.
- Brush each pie top with a little of the beaten egg. Sprinkle with sugar and place in the centre of the oven for 20-15 minutes until the pies have turned a golden brown colour.
Dawn: And that, fellow foodies, is that!
Andrew: So very easy and quick to make! It’s what this food blog is all about!
For more easy to make recipes, follow this blog and our Twitter account @Love_Food_UK.