Christmas Sweet Mince Pies
Christmas Sweet Mince Pies are a traditional British holiday dessert. Dried fruit, apple, citrus and brown sugar all soaked in brandy make up the filling inside homemade pie crusts. Individually made so everyone gets their own.
Growing up in England, it never really felt like the Christmas season until the sweet mince pies made an appearance. They truly are the best part of a traditional British Christmas. But they don’t just have to be saved for Christmas day. I make the a few days before because I love them so much and can’t be confined to enjoying just one day.
For this mince pie recipe,I make my own mincemeat recipe. It is a tasty combination of currants, raisins, brandy, apples, candied orange peel, orange and lemon zest, spices and brown sugar.
Making Mincemeat filling ahead of time
Traditional mince pies taste best if the sweet mincemeat is made ahead of time and has time to sit and let the flavors of the orange zest, lemon zest, fruits, brandy and spices combine. Overnight is fine, but up to a week is better. If you don’t have time for this, no problem they are still really good.
Traditional Christmas mince pies have beef suet in the filling. Suet is brand of beef fat in the U.K. Since I am an expat living in the U.S., it’s not easy for me to buy so I have constructed this recipe without it.
Best pastry for homemade mince pies
My homemade shortcrust pastry that is made very easily in the food processor by blending the flour with cold butter for the flaky, buttery pastry. This is my go-to pastry for my sweet and savory pies.
Speaking of pies (and not to be confused with mince pie filling) In England we also have a savory mince pie which is made with ground beef.
Before I started writing my own recipes, I used to make recipes from the British chefs Delia Smith or Jamie Oliver. I am so glad I now have my own recipe that I am so happy with and all the readers who have made them are too.
Would you believe that these pies used to actually be made with meat? I think we can all think the evolution of the recipe to make them now fruit mince pies and happy to never try the meat version.
Best baking pan for fruit mincemeat pies
I use a standard 12-cup muffin tin.
Since these pies are traditional served at Christmas time, I used my favorite pastry cutters to cut out snowflake shapes for the top to make them more festive.
Storing Mince Pies
Store cooled mince pies in an airtight container to prevent them absorbing any surrounding flavors or odors. Store in a cool, dry place like a cabinet. Avoid the fridge as this can affect the texture. Room temperature is best and consume within 1 week.
Freezing mince pies
Already baked and cooled, they do well when individually wrapped in plastic wrap then in an airtight container. Make sure to date them and they will last for 2-3 months.
Kid friendly Mince Pies
They are for the whole family, but if you choose not to serve brandy to children, you can substitute the brandy with apple cider/juice or orange juice.
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