Traditional mince pies - recipe

Traditional mince pies

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  1. 1

    For the pastry, place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and using your fingers, gently rub in the butter and lard until it resembles breadcrumbs (or place in food processor and whiz until it resembles breadcrumbs).

    For this step you'll need:

    • 500g Plain white flour
    • 3 tbsp Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 200g Butter (unsalted) (cold and cubed)
    • 75g Lard (cold and cubed)
  2. 2

    Add 2-3 tbsp of ice cold water, a little at a time, until it comes together in a soft dough. Knead gently into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for 15 minutes.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 3 tbsp Water ice cold
  3. 3

    Preheat the oven to 220 °C (fan 200°C, gas mark 7). On a lightly floured surface, roll out half the pastry until 3mm thick. Take a 7.5 cm fluted cutter and stamp out 24 circles and use to line 2 x 12 hole bun tins.

  4. 4

    Place a heaped tsp of mincemeat into each pastry case.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 600g Mincemeat
  5. 5

    On a lightly floured surface, roll out the remaining pastry and using a 7cm fluted cutter, stamp out 24 lids and place on top of the mincemeat.

  6. 6

    Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the tins, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve warm or cold.

    For this step you'll need:

    • Icing sugar for dusting

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