On the 10th Day of Christmas….

By on 10th December in Fun

There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Christmas than eating homemade mince pies! Yummy!

So we at Anglian thought it would be a nice treat (just like the mince pie itself) to give you our personal favourite mince pie recipe list. (Hopefully that should impress the mother-in-law!)

This particular recipe comes from non other than Delia Smith herself, who coincidently shares the same last name with myself. Shame we don’t have the same cooking skills!

So without further ado; I bring you the Mince Pie Recipe which will make 24 pies:

Ingredients

  • 1¼ lb (560 g) mincemeat
  • 12 oz (350 g) plain flour
  • 3 oz (75 g) lard
  • 3 oz (75 g) butter
  • pinch of salt
  • a little milk
  • icing sugar

Remember to pre-heat the oven to about Gas mark 6 (200°C)

Equipment

You will also need one (or two) trays of 2½ inch (6 cm) patty tins, one fluted 3 inch (7.5 cm) pastry cutter and one 2½ inch (6 cm) cutter.

Method

Make up the pastry by sifting the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and rubbing the fats into it until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Then add just enough cold water to mix to a dough that leaves the bowl clean. Leave the pastry to rest in a polythene bag in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes, then roll half of it out as thinly as possible and cut it into two dozen 3 inch (7.5 cm) rounds, gathering up the scraps and re-rolling. Then do the same with the other half of the pastry, this time using the 2½ inch (6 cm) cutter.

Now grease the patty tins lightly and line them with the larger rounds. Fill these with mincemeat to the level of the edges of the pastry. Dampen the edges of the smaller rounds of pastry with water and press them lightly into position to form lids, sealing the edges. Brush each one with milk and make three snips in the tops with a pair of scissors. Bake near the top of the oven for 25-30 minutes until light golden brown. Cool on a wire tray and sprinkle with icing sugar. When cool, store in an airtight container.

And do you want to hear the best news? This recipe only costs £2.27 to make which means each mince pie only costs 9p! Now if that’s not a bargain then I don’t know what is.

From everyone here at Anglian, we hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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