Easy Mince pies on a plate with coffee cup behind

Easy Mince Pies

Traditional Christmas mincemeat pies with a melt in the mouth almond pastry.
Course Cake
Cuisine British
Skill Level Easy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 189kcal
Author Jacqueline Bellefontaine


  • 200 g plain flour
  • 50 g icing sugar
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 125 g butter cut into cubes
  • finely grated zest 1 orange
  • 1 large free-range egg seperated
  • 2-3 tbsp cold water
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 400 g mincemeat
  • caster sugar to dust


  • Sift the flour and icing sugar together into a bowl and stir in the ground almonds. Add the butter and rub into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
  • Stir in the the orange zest, make a well in the centre and drop in the egg yolk and 2 tbsp of water. Mix together to form a dough adding a little more water if required. Cover and rest the pastry for 20 minutes in a cool place.
  • Preheat the oven to gas 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Roll out about two-thirds of the pastry on a lightly floured work surface and using a 7½cm (3in) round cutter, cut out circles and use to line bun trays to form pastry cases.
  • Stir the orange juice into the mincemeat and spoon a little into each pastry case.
  • Roll out the remaining pastry and cut out lids using a small round or star cutter. Place lids on top of the mincemeat.
  • Beat the egg white with a fork until broken up and slightly frothy. Brush onto the pastry lids and sprinkle with a little caster sugar.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Nutrition information is calculated using an online nutrition database - is approximate and is meant as a guideline only.


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.7mg