• Katie Mullender

Your New Fail-Safe Mince Pie Recipe

Only 6 ingredients- what's not to love?

Nothing says Christmas like a mince pie, and nothing says student baking like fail-safe. So if you're looking for something cheap and easy to make this festive season, I (with a little inspiration from Delia,) have got you covered.

You will need:

-125g butter (cubed- plus extra for greasing if you don't have butter spray)

-350g plain flour (plus extra for rolling out pastry)

-Jar of mincemeat (about 400g)

-Pinch of salt

-1 egg

-Cold water


-12-hole muffin or cupcake tin



-Mixing bowl

-Pie cases

-2 round cutters- one bigger than the muffin hole and one about the same size.

-Pastry brush

-Rolling pin

-Scales (optional but highly recommended. Counting 39 tablespoons of flour is not a great use of time as I found out.)

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. Sieve the flour and salt into the mixing bowl and add the cubed butter. Combine with your fingers until the mixture is fine crumbs.

3. Gradually add splashes of cold water until a dough is formed and the bowl is clean. Separate the dough into 2.

4. Sprinkle some flour on your work surface and begin to roll out one of the balls of dough until it's as thin as possible (without breaking.) Use the largest cutter of the two to cut 12 circles.

5. Grease the cases and gently one circle into each.

6. Add a heaped tablespoon of mincemeat to each case.

7. Repeat step 4 but using the smaller of the two cases, then top each pie with one of the small circles.

8. Optional step- with the remaining dough, cut out some christmassy shapes to decorate each pie.

9. Bake for 30-35 minutes until starting to turn golden brown.

Share this with someone who struggles to make toast.

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