It’s December, which means only one thing – its time to start making fruit mince pies! Although there are a lot of good supermarket options available, nothing beats a homemade fruit mince pie at this time of year, which is why I couldn’t resist sharing my favourite recipe. The pastry is light, with a shortbread biscuit texture and melts in the mouth.

I have adapted this easy to follow recipe from BBC Good Food. You can make these fruit mince pies for Christmas day or as a centerpiece for a festive party with friends and family.

christmas fruit mince pies recipe


Preparation Time: 15 minutes     /     Cooking Time:  20 minutes     /     Makes 12 pies


Ingredients

Pastry

  • 225g cold butter, diced
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 small egg
  • pinch of salt

Filling

  • 280g sweet mincemeat
  • grated ginger (to taste)
  • finely chopped apple (to taste)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan forced.
  2. Combine all pastry ingredients (do not add any liquid).
  3. Use your hands to create balls and kneed lightly.
  4. Press the mixture into tins (leave enough for the lids).
  5. Spoon the mincemeat, combined with the ginger and apple, into each pie.
  6. Make round lids to place on top of the pies and lightly press down the edges to seal them.
  7. Beat the egg and brush the top of each pie.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes until the pies turn a golden colour.
  9. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes to cool before placing on a wire rack and dusting with icing sugar.

Notes

The pastry here is a crumbly one, and will fall apart if you attempt to roll it out. Simply press it into the tins as described – it doesn’t look pretty when raw, but comes good when it’s cooked.