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RECIPE - MmmmMince Pies!

RECIPE - MmmmMince Pies!

I really love our Mince Pie Christmas Boards - a perfect place to serve mince pies over the festive period and a great little platter for all those gorgeous Christmas munchies. This little gift creates a legacy, something that will become an heirloom and will be part of your family’s Christmas festivities, traditions and memories. 

Here is one of the best mince pie recipes that I’ve found (it’s Paul Hollywood’s, I think) and I really enjoy making them. The hardest part is making sure that one gets saved for Santa!

So here we go:

You will need a deep muffin mould with 12 holes, a round pastry cutter and a fluted pastry cutter.


For the pastry

  • 375g/13oz plain flour
  • 250g/9oz softened butter
  • 125g/4oz caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg

For the filling

  • 2 x 400g/14oz jars mincemeat
  • 2 tangerines, zest grated and flesh chopped
  • 1 apple, finely diced


Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

To make the pastry, rub the flour and butter together then stir in the sugar. Add the egg, together with a splash of cold water and mix until it just comes together as a dough. Do not overwork. Wrap the pastry in cling film and pop it in the fridge to chill while you make the filling.

To make the filling, tip the mincemeat out into a bowl, grate the zest of the tangerines into the mincemeat, then peel and chop the fruit. Throw the tangerine and apple pieces into the bowl and mix by hand.

Take the pastry out of the fridge and roll it out to about a 3mm/1/8in thickness. With a round pastry cutter, cut out 6 x 9cm/3½in discs of pastry. Press the pastry into the muffin cups and fill each one with a good helping of the mincemeat mixture, so that it reaches three-quarters of the way up the side.

With a fluted pastry cutter, cut out 6 x 8cm/3¼ in pastry circles for the lids (slightly bigger than the top of the muffin cups). Place a lid on top of each pie and gently push down. Sprinkle with some extra caster sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with fresh cream, custard or ice cream.


Serve on a From The Oak Tree solid oak mince pie board. The perfect place to present Father Christmas with his well-earned Christmas Eve offerings, remembering to include a sherry (and perhaps a carrot for Rudolph!). In the morning you’re sure to find some crumbs and you may be lucky enough to find a stocking filled with gifts in exchange!  

As always, if you have any questions about any of our products then please head on over to the contact page and I’d love to help. I’m not totally sure that I can help you if your pastry doesn’t quite turn out as expected though – I just tend to pour another Baileys!

Cheers Love Charlotte xxx

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