Homemade Mince Pies

Homemade Mince Pies

Makes 12 servings

homemade mince pies


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2 sticks cold butter
2 1/2 cups AP flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk


Cut the butter into 1 inch pieces and put in the freezer to chill for about 15 minutes. It is important to keep everything cold when making this pastry. Make sure to keep the buttermilk in the fridge until you need to use it too.
Sift the flour, sugar and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Add in the butter and mix to coat it.
Dump the bowl out onto a clean work surface and, using a rolling pin, begin to roll the mixture out. You are looking to create long thin floured butter sheets. For best results make sure to work quickly to keep the mixture cold.
Scrape up the mixture from the work surface, put it back into the bowl and chill for 10 minutes in the fridge.
Once the mixture is chilled, remove from the fridge and make a well in the center. Pour in the buttermilk and start to bring the mixture together using one hand. The dough will be quite shaggy, but make sure that all the flour is moistened. You can always add an extra tablespoon of buttermilk if necessary.
Bring the dough together and chill it in the fridge for at least an hour before rolling out.
When the dough is chilled, spray a cupcake tin with oil and set aside. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Roll out the dough into a flat sheet and cut out 12 larger circles for the base and 12 slightly smaller circle for the tops.
Gently push a larger circle of pastry into each of the sections in the cupcake tin and shape them to fit.
Add a few teaspoons of mincemeat to each pie. I shared out the whole jar equally amongst the pies.
Slightly wet the rim of each pie crust and pop the lids on the mini pies. Crimp around the edge with a fork to seal. Use the fork to pierce a couple of holes in the lid.
Bake the pies for about 40 minutes or until golden brown.
When the pies are baked, take them out of the oven and cool them. Sift powered sugar over the pies and serve. Tastes like Christmas!


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