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Mince Pies (with rough puff pastry) {Recipe}

Mince pies

Getting stuck into the Christmas baking straight away now it’s December, starting with the good old classic mince pie. Now, I don’t make my own mincemeat, so I suppose this is more a post about assembling and baking mince pies, but I do make my own ‘rough puff’ pastry, so I think it’s worthy of being a recipe.

Mince Pies
Yields 40
Delicious mince pies with simple, buttery rough puff pastry.
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 480g plain flour
  2. 360g butter
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 12-16 tbsp cold water
  5. Mincemeat
Pastry
  1. Weigh out the flour and stir in the salt.
  2. Weigh the butter and cut it into walnut sized pieces, tossing it in the flour until each piece is covered.
  3. Add the water gradually, until the butter and flour comes together in one lump.
  4. Roll the pastry into a 20" x 10" oblong then fold into thirds, to make 3 layers.
  5. Rotate the pastry and roll again, followed by the folding into thirds.
  6. Repeat this rolling and folding before wrapping the pastry in clingfilm and resting in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Once rested, repeat the rolling and folding process three times before rolling the pastry for use. Divide the block into manageable portions for rolling, since it is essential to roll this pastry good and thin.
  8. Once rolled out, cut rounds for the base of the mince pies and star shapes for the top.
To assemble the pies
  1. Simply put your bases into a mini muffin tin
  2. Spoon in the mince meat, being careful not to overfill
  3. Press the lids on top of the pies using water to help seal the edges.
  4. If you are using a full lid (as opposed to stars) you will need to make a steam hole using a sharp knife.
  5. Brush the top of the pies with beaten egg or milk and bake at 210c for 18-20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the tins when the pies are still hot and cool on a rack.
Notes
  1. This recipe makes 40 mini mince pies (mini muffin tin) or approximately 20 regular sized mince pies (bun tin).
  2. The pastry will be sticky, so make sure you have well floured the surface you are going to roll on and have extra flour to hand in a dredger too.
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Your house will smell amazing whilst baking these and you’ll find it very difficult not to eat one hot from the oven!

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