Paul Hollywood’s mince pies

Article published on bbc.co.uk

I really like these mince pies, typical british ! When I go to the UK I like to buy some and bring them back to France. Why not trying to make them this year? Here is a good recipe…

Preparation time: less than 30 mins Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins Serves: Makes 12-14 deep mince pies

These deep and crumbly mince pies are so simple and delicious. The secret to Paul’s mince pie recipe is to jazz up shop-bought mincemeat with a little extra fruit and zest. (No soggy bottoms, please.)

Equipment and preparation: You will need a deep muffin mould with 12 holes, a round pastry cutter and a fluted pastry cutter.

Ingredients

For the pastry

For the filling

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. To make the sweet pastry, rub the flour, butter, sugar and egg together with a splash of cold water until it just comes together as a dough. Do not over work the dough. Wrap the pastry in cling film and set aside to chill in the fridge while you make the filling.
  2. To make the filling, turn the mincemeat out into a bowl, grate the zest of the tangerines into the mincemeat, then peel and chop the fruit. Throw the tangerine and apple pieces into the bowl and blend by hand.
  3. Roll out the pastry to a 3mm/1/8in thickness. With a round pastry cutter, cut out 6 x 9cm/3½in discs of pastry. Press the pastry into the muffin cups and fill each one with a good helping of the mincemeat mixture, so that it reaches three-quarters of the way up the side of the pastry-lined cup.
  4. With a fluted pastry cutter, cut out 6 x 8cm/3¼ in pastry circles for the lids (slightly bigger than the top of the muffin cups). Place a lid on top of each pie and gently push down. Sprinkle with caster sugar.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with fresh cream.

Recipe Tips

You can halve this recipe to make 6-7 deep mince pies.

Merry Christmas !!

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