What is Christmas without a good old mince pie or two?
If I’m honest I was never really a fan of mince pies when I was younger, they have a very particular taste – you either love it or hate it!
However, one year I was feeling very christmassy and was really into my baking and decided to give making my own a go. Since then, I’ve been a fan and do enjoy scoffing my face with a home made batch, there much nicer warm too 🙂
I find its great to have those quick and easy recipes on hand so you don’t have to spend to much time faffing in the kitchen but it ensures you can add your home made touches. So here I’m sharing with you my very easy, minimal effort mini mince pie recipe.
I’ll warn you now, I don’t measure any ingredients, or have any proper baking equipment (so this post might be pretty pointless) but I’m very much a wing-it kind of baker and use random tools I find around the kitchen haha
How do you make your Mince Pies? I like mine with a crumble topping…
YOU WILL NEED for mince pies, makes 12
– Shortcrust Pastry, readymade or make
your own if you can 🙂
– Mincemeat mixture,
I like a brand call Robertson’s
YOU WILL NEED for crumble topping
– 4 heaped tablespoons of plain flour
– 2 heaped tablespoons of
golden caster sugar
– 2 heaped tablespoons of
room temperature butter
– Muffin Tin
– A Wine Glass (if you don’t have a cookie cutter haha as this is the perfect size)
– Paper cake cases ( if you don’t have time to oil up your muffin tin beforehand)
STEPS TO FOLLOW
1. Preheat your oven to 180degrees
2. Unroll your pastry onto your work space and leave it to air for 10minutes
3. Get your circle cutter, or a regular wine glass end in my case (HAHA), cut out your circle shaped cases and place into your baking tin/cupcake cases
4. Pop a tablespoon of your mincemeat mixture into each case
5. Place in the oven to warm whilst you make your crumble topping
6. Add Flour, Caster Sugar and Butter into a mixing bowl
7. Mix together (usually best using your hands) until you get a breadcrumb-like consistency. This is a good step to get your kiddies involved if you want too
8. Take your mince pies out the oven and add your crumble topping
9. Bake for a further 20-30minutes or until your crumble is golden and leave to cool.
10. If your wanting to make them a little more special try sprinkling edible golden stars on the top or any other edible christmassy cake decorations you fancy.
Don’t worry if they look a little messy, that’s what home made is alllllll about!
I’ll probably make another 1 or 2 batches of these before Christmas day! Especially on Christmas Eve ready for my little boy to leave out for Santa of course!
Happy Eating 🙂