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Dreamy Mince Pies

Mince pies are traditionally made with a pastry topping. However, here is my variation - one that is loved with the 'wow' factor from all who have eaten them.

Tip: Don't miss out the rind, apricots and juice of the oranges! Please see the footnote for another variation.


Pastry: Filling Topping:
225g plain floor 450g mincemeat 170g caster sugar
140g butter 1tbs brandy 3 egg whites
15g ground almonds grated rind of 2 oranges
pinch of salt 1tbs orange juice
15g caster sugar 4/5 small dried apricots (chopped)
1-2tbs ice cold water
  • Sift flour and salt into a bowl, add butter and rub in until mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.

  • Stir in sugar and almonds.

  • Add 1tbs water.

  • Using a knife, mix to a crumbly dough, adding more water if necessary.

  • With the fingertips, draw dough together.

  • On a lightly floured surface, knead for about 1 minute.

  • Wrap in foil and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. 

  • While waiting, mix together mincemeat, grated orange rind, chopped apricots, orange juice and brandy.

  • Roll out pastry thinly and cut 24 x 7.5 cm rounds and line into well-greased patty tins.

  • Fill cases ¾ full with mincemeat mixture.

  • Cook at gas mark 6/400°F/200°C for 15-20 minutes.

  • Whisk the egg whites until stiff.

  • Whisk in half the sugar and continue to whisk till the mixture forms stiff peaks.

  • Fold in remaining sugar.

  • Place a little on each cooked mince pie (or pipe in a circle), covering the mincemeat and making sure that the meringue touches the pastry all round.

  • Return to a slow oven, gas mark 2/300°F/150°C, for 20 minutes until meringue is firm and golden.

  • If desired, when cool, sprinkle with a very small amount of caster sugar to give a glistening, frosty effect.

  • Serve hot or cold and enjoy.

Footnote: Depending on your preference, you can mix the grated orange rind into the pastry instead of the fruit mixture. Both methods make a great mince pie!

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Last Updated: 31 December 2016