Homemade mince pies

    50 min

    Make your own mincemeat for delectable mince pies this Christmas. Use shop bought pastry to make it easier. You can stir in 2 tablespoons of brandy before adding the filling to the pies, if desired.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 125g sultanas
    • 100g dried currants
    • 4 apples - peeled, cored and sliced
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • 5 tablespoons orange juice
    • 125ml apple juice
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 recipe pastry

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas mark 7.
    2. Stir the sultanas, currants, apples, orange zest, orange juice and apple juice together in a pan. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are very soft, about 20 minutes. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon and cloves until well blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.
    3. Prepare pastry and cut out circles to line a bun tin. Pour mincemeat the prepared cases. Top with pastry. Pinch and crimp edges to seal the pastry. Pierce the top layer in several places with a fork.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 180 C / Gas mark 4, and bake until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes more. Cool before serving.

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    These are amazing! By far, the best mince pies I've had. I don't like peel, so it's difficult to find any that I like. I'll definitely be making these every year  -  19 Dec 2013


    This was amazing! My English husband said it was even better than his Mum's! I substituted lemon zest for the orange zest and added some walnuts for a bit more texture and 2 tablespoons of dark rum - I didn't have brandy. Kudos! It was D-lish!  -  27 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I am surprised to see that so few people have reviewed or tried this recipe. I love mincemeat pie and this recipe is far superior to anything you could buy in a store or by using jarred mincemeat. I made exactly as written and it came out perfect. The smell of the apples and cinnamon and cloves cooking is out of this world. The orange juice and apple cider add a lot to the pie. Made it at Christmas and again in Feb. Wonderful recipe- 5 stars Peggy Ann  -  27 Feb 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)