Unbelievably easy mince pies | Rub 225g cold diced butter into 350g plain lour, then mix in 100g golden caster sugar and pinch of salt. Combine into ball and knead briefly. Chill or immediately press walnut-size balls into muffin tin. Add filling and cover with another round of pastry. Brush egg on tops. Bake in 200C for 15 mins.
Star-Topped Mince Pies:This is the way I make my mince pies, and there is no changing me or them: they are small, to be popped straight into the mouth in one go; the pastry is plain, the better to contrast with the rich, fruited filling; and they have not full casings but little stars as lids, which makes them look beautiful and taste flutteringly light.
Mini vegetarian mince pies Makes 12 mince pies For the crust – 400g of ground almonds – 6 tablespoons of coconut oil – 4 tablespoons of water – 20 medjool dates (400g) For the mince – 2 apples (200g) – 1 vanilla pod – 100g raisins – 100g sultanas – 100g dried cranberries – the juice of 2 oranges – 1 tablespoon of coconut oil – 1 teaspoon of cinnamon – 1 teaspoon of ginger