About this recipe:These mince pies are made special by a hint of cinnamon and orange in the pastry. Perfect for Christmas entertaining or food gifts!
225g plain flour
4 tablespoons icing sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
150g butter, softened
2 tablespoons orange zest
4 tablespoons ice water
1 egg, beaten
icing sugar for dusting
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Method Prep:25min › Cook:15min › Ready in:40min
Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6.
Sift together the flour, 4 tablespoons icing sugar and cinnamon. Use a pastry cutter or two forks to mix in the butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the orange zest. Sprinkle with ice water, and gather dough into a ball. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to .5cm thick. Cut out approximately 18 (7cm) diameter circles, and 18 (5cm) circles, rerolling dough as needed.
Line muffin tin or patty tin using the larger pastry circles. Fill each pastry shell with about 1 tablespoon of mincemeat. Top with smaller pastry circles, pinching pastry together to seal the edges. Brush the top of each pie with egg.
Bake pies in preheated oven until tops are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool slightly on wire racks. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.
First time I had ever made mince pies and I loved making these. I've made them twice already, and it's not even half way through December yet. I didn't add all the water as 4tbsp was way too much. Add it gradually and you'll probably only need half or third of it. I also added a pinch of salt.
I used Waitrose mincemeat and added some Glayva liqueur to it. Amazing!! Making a triple batch for Christmas as everyone is asking for them. - 12 Dec 2011