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Traditional Mince Pies

4.49 from 29 votes
Make your holiday traditions bolder with my traditional Mince Pies recipe. You'll enjoy flakey pie crust and a lovely sweet filling that everyone will love!
Traditional Mince Pies

Hi Bold Bakers!

An Irish Christmas tradition is to have Mince Pies for dessert on Christmas day. Now that I live in the U.S., I still plan on continuing the tradition with my American family, which consists of my husband Kevin and my dog Waffles. I know I will not have to convince them about the flavor of the pies, but I do have to explain the name.

My Homemade Mincemeat recipe is delicious and is really quick to make. It is bursting with zest and fruit, and best of all it tastes just like my Mums. I’m all for new recipes but at the end of the day, Christmas is about tradition.

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Homemade Mince Pies are flakey pockets of fruity heaven. Each individual pie is filled with boozy fruit, citrus and sweetness that just screams Christmas for me.

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I serve mince pies at my Holiday party because they are so easy to eat and people who’ve never had them before, just love them. They are so unique tasting that there is nothing quite like them, and if I can mange to convince another person that they don’t contain meat then I’ve done my job.

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Make these mince pies part of your family Christmas traditions.

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Homemade Mince Pies Recipe

4.49 from 29 votes
Make your holiday traditions bolder with my traditional Mince Pies recipe. You'll enjoy flakey pie crust and a lovely sweet filling that everyone will love!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 15 pies
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Make your holiday traditions bolder with my traditional Mince Pies recipe. You'll enjoy flakey pie crust and a lovely sweet filling that everyone will love!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 15 pies

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅓ Cup (175g) plain flour
  • 7 Tbsp (100g) cold butter, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Homemade Mince Meat

Instructions

  • Put flour, butter and icing sugar and salt in a food processor. Pulse until fine crumbs form.
  • Mix together the egg yolks and water and add to the dry ingredients.
  • Pulse until a dough forms, around 10 seconds.
  • Wrap the pastry in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minute to allow the gluten to relax before rolling
  • Roll on a floured surface to the fit your tin or pie dish. a good thickness is ¼ inch
  • Take a round cutter (around 3 inches) and cut out your circles.
  • Place into a butter bun/ cupcake tin
  • Fill with your mince meat filling, around 3/4 of the way
  • Brush the edge of the pastry with egg wash and lay on another round pastry on top
  • Seal the 2 pieces of pastry together with a fork. this keeps the filling and juices
  • Bake at 400oF (200oC) for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Dust with icing sugar. Serve warm with whipped cream

Recipe Notes

Fully assemble and freeze your mince pies to be baked off from frozen at a later date
Once baked, store at room temperature for up to 3 days

 

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Leyla Knight
1 year ago

Perfect! Only thing I found was that I had to roll pastry about 3mm to get 12 rounds with stars on top – perfect though as my partner doesn’t cope well with much pastry!
I will definitely be making these again. 5* from me.

PartIrish
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,
Would this crust recipe work at altitude 6200 ft?
Thanks.

Bonnie Grenier
Bonnie Grenier
9 months ago

I have a lovely British friend and the year has been so difficult. She has not been able to go home so I surprised her with these mince pies. NEVER made them before but this is my new Christmas tradition! Easy recipe to follow…I improvised on the construction but a wonderful treat. Thx again, Gemma

GMT
GMT
9 months ago

Hi Gemma, I live in New York and cannot get icing sugar or castor sugar. Are they the same as confectioners sugar?

Last edited 9 months ago by GMT
Joel Sagar
9 months ago

Can I make this recipe without a food processor and use a hand mixer instead? Planning on making this for Christmas! Happy Holidays! Thanks for your help!

Last edited 9 months ago by Joel Sagar
Dawn Cook
10 months ago

Could I make an actual pie out of this instead of tarts?

Laurie Cornett
Laurie Cornett
10 months ago

Do I freeze these pies before or after baking? I was thinking of baking 4-5 pies initially for immediate consumption. Then freeze the rest of the unbaked pies for later. When I am ready to bake the frozen pies do I thaw them or bake them frozen? Do I increase the time baked if baked frozen? Thanks for all your great recipes. I really love them.

BakerBug
10 months ago

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!!! Made my first mince pies today, using my home made mincemeat. The dough came together perfectly and was easy to work with. The “tester” said they are delicious, so on to making more.

Nancy
10 months ago

wow easy recipe,…I will make this for weekend.

Bryan
Bryan
1 year ago

Can you use ap flour in this recipe

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