Mince Pies

advent-day-9The 9th day is Mince Pies (bottom left ). Traditionally they were filled meat. Samuel  Pepys tells us his contained beef – can you tell we’re doing the Great Fire of London at school? – but their history goes back to the Crusades.  This year I’ve tried using almond pastry.


Mince Pies

(makes large pies)


175g plain flour

100g butter

6 tbsp caster sugar

3 tbsp gound almonds

1 egg yolk

1tbsp water

  1. Rub flour and butter together until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  2. Add sugar and almonds
  3. Bind with egg yolk beaten with the water.
  4. Roll out and cut with pastry cutters.
  5. Line individual tart tray.
  6. Fill with mincemeat –(I used Tesco finest mixed with home-made marmalade for an orangey flavour.)
  7. Dampen edges and fix top, making a small slit in each.
  8. Sprinkle with sugar.
  9. Bake at 200oC for about 20 minutes.



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