Mince Pies

This little sweet pies of the British Christmas tradition are use to be left nearby children's stockings along side a bunch of carrots and a glass of brandy to thanks Father Christmas for his generosity.

Recipe for 24-30 mince pies

For the dough:
  • 10 oz plain flour
  • 6 oz butter
  • 3 oz icing sugar
  • 1 oz ground almonds
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • zest of one lemon
For the mince meat:
  • 1/2 lb. fresh beef suet (vegetable suet can also be used), chopped fine
  • 4 cups seedless raisins
  • 2 cups dried currants
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped candied citron
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried figs
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped candied orange peel
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped candied lemon peel
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped, peeled, cored cooking apples
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 1/2 cups brandy+ 2 1/2 cups per weeks for three weeks
  • 1 cup pale dry sherry+ 1 cup per week for 3 weeks
First thing first make the mince meat. Mix all the dry ingredients together. Then pour the brandy and the sherry over them and mix well. Put the mixture into a sealable container and store in a cool place for three weeks. Top up with some extra sherry and brandy every weeks.

Sift the flour into a bowl, ad the ground almonds, icing sugar and lemon zest. Mix well then crumb with the butter then add the milk. Gather the crumb into a ball and knead for 5 minutes. Place in the fridge to rest for an hour.

Roll down the dough and make 7.5 cm discs with a cutter, line individual moulds of the appropriate size. Prick them with a fork and put them in the fridge to rest for 1h. Then, fill them up and cover them with star shaped pieces of dough.

Bake in a preheated oven at 190 degrees Celsius (375F) for about 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with sugar when they are just out of the oven.

Vegetarian, suitable for pregnant women.


  1. Working Mum said,

    Just found your recipe and had to add that another English tradition is to eat a mince pie every day on the twelve days of Christmas (the twelve days from Christmas until Epiphany) in order to ensure a happy following twelve months!

    Enjoy your mince pies!

    on 17 December, 2010  

  2. Yann_Chef said,

    Thanks for comment Working Mum any add on that complete my posts are more than welcome.
    Season greetings!

    on 17 December, 2010