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Method Prep:20min › Cook:15min › Ready in:35min
For the pastry cases, mix flour and sugar in a bowl, rub in butter. Knead well to form a smooth paste. Roll out thinly and cut into circles using a large cutter to line about 24 patty tins. Fill with mincemeat.
For the crumble topping, rub butter into flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add sugar and mix thoroughly. Top the mincemeat with the crumble mix.
Bake in a hot oven, 220 C / Gas 7 for 10-15 minutes until the bases are golden. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm.
I tried to make these a few days ago. Following the recipe exactly I was left with something that would not roll out in a million years. As I was doing the recipe I did wonder about the lack of any liquid as most other recipes show somw liquid. I n order to to be able to make the pies I did add some water and everything turned out well though I did not make the crumble, just putting a top on. I am not a skilled cook and it may be it was assumed that everyone should know that some liquid was needed. Perhaps we should be told. They tasted fine in the end. - 20 Dec 2010