Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Cheaty, Cheats Mince Pie Making with Alfie!

Yesterday I started my last annual Christmas leave before I start my new job, what better way to spend the day with a fractious toddler by making things!! With it being the festive season we decided to make mince pies. Not any old mince pies but uber simple and fuss free that are guaranteed to keep a toddler interested for a few minutes!

Recipe (makes about 12-14 mince pies)


Pre-rolled shortcrust pastry
1 jar of mincemeat ( I usually use the finest/luxury range as it has more fruit in it)
1 apple grated & mixed into the mincemeat (my Mum's tip!)
White icing to drizzle over the top


1. Unroll the pre-rolled pastry sheet and cut out as many rounds of pastry as you can. Gently press them into lightly greased tins (Alfie did help push them in at this point!).

2. Pop a teaspoon of the mincemeat into each pastry circle, be careful not to overload so the mixture doesn't spill out. 

3. Bake in a pre-heated oven (about 200 degrees) for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

4. Once cooked place the mince pies carefully onto a baking tray to cool. Once cooled drizzle icing over the top of the pies to resemble snow (if you like!).

5. Once iced sprinkle with icing sugar and finish off with some edible glitter for some festive sparkle. 

6. Grab a mulled wine (juice for your toddler!) and put your feet up and enjoy :-)

As I said this is an incredibly easy way and cheats way to making mince pies, if I was being extravagant I would have made the pastry and maybe the mincemeat but this year I haven't had time. I would also recommend Jamie Oliver's perfect mince pies my husband makes these and they are incredible but quite faffy, well worth the effort though if you have the time. 

Who else loves mince pies?
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