Over the past week I have made three batches of mince pies and I used three different recipes for the pastry, some of which can be found in Nigella's Christmas. Like the mincemeat I have combined some of the recipes together to make the best one.
200g plain flour
30g ground almonds
3 tbps of sugar
125g cold butter
1 egg or the juice of 1 orange
For the first batch of mince pies I used a recipe which used orange juice instead of the egg, this is also very nice, but this recipe will need an additional 100g for flour.
First I combined the flour, sugar, almonds and butter together until they became a fine crumbly mix and all the butter was well mixed in. Then I added the egg / orange juice and mixed will. If the dough is too wet or too dry then add some more cold water or flour until the dough is workable. Then I put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up. I divided it up and rolled out half to make the dices. I placed them into a muffin tin and filled each one with 2 tsp of mincemeat (see mince meat for mince pies under recipes/preserves) Then I rolled out the rest of the dough and the girls cut out stars and bells for the tops. I then cooked them until they were golden brown, this took about 20 minutes in a oven that was a 180'C. They taste best served warm with whipped cream. Once the mincemeat is made it doesn't take long to make these yummy little pies. I am feeling much more in the christmas mood now that I have made and eaten lots of mince pies, and I can still eat more.