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Mince Pies

Lisa Faulkner

Prep 60 mins

Cook mins

Total mins

Makes about 24

Bring in Christmas with this mince pie recipe inspired by my grandmothers.


  • 500 g (1 lb) currants
  • 500 g (1 lb) raisins
  • 500 g (1 lb) peeled and cored cooking apples
  • 1–2 tablespoons brandy
  • ?1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1?2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 500 g (1 lb) sultanas
  • ?500 g (1 lb) soft brown sugar
  • 500 g (1 lb) shredded suet
  • 375 g (12 oz) plain our, plus extra for dusting
  • 125 g (4 oz) cold lard, cubed
  • 50 g (2 oz) cold margarine, cubed a pinch of salt
  • 1–2 tablespoons cold water
  • 600 g (1 lb 2 oz) mincemeat


  1. First, make the mincemeat. Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F), gas mark 3. Put 7 clean jars on a baking tray and place in the oven to sterilise for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Put the currants, raisins, apples, brandy, mixed spice and cinnamon in a food processor or blender and blitz until mixed, but still chunky. Put the sultanas, sugar and suet in a bowl and mix together. Add in the processed mixture and stir until mixed.
  3. Spoon the mincemeat into the sterilised jars, leaving 1 cm?(1?2 inch) ‘breathing space’ at the top. Cover with a waxed disc and a circle of cellophane before sealing. Put the jars in a dark, cool place to store until you are ready to make the mince pies.
  4. To make the mince pies…Preheat the oven to 180oC (350°F), gas mark 4 and lightly grease two 12-hole bun tins.
  5. Put the flour, lard, margarine and salt in a food processor or blender and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the cold water and pulse again until a dough is formed. Shape in to a round dough, wrap in cling lm and chill for 30 minutes before using.
  6. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured work surface to about 5 mm (1?4 inch) thick and use round cutters to cut out twenty- four 8 cm (31?2 inch) circles and twenty-four 6–7 cm (21?2–3 inch) circles. Place a bigger circle in the base of each hole of the bun tin, add a teaspoon of the mincemeat and then cover with the smaller circle. Wet the rim with water to seal it, then prick the tops with a fork.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25–30 minutes.