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How to make the perfect easy mince pies

November 2019 2 min read

This festive season treat your friends, family and colleagues to a delicious homemade mince pie!

Easy mince pies recipe

This is easily one of our favourite festive recipes – it’s classic, easy to make and there’s no rolling required. So, get yourself down to Sainsbury's to stock up on ingredients, get warm and start baking – but make sure to take lots of photos and let us know how you get on!

Mince pie ingredients


  • 225g cold butter (diced)
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 280g mincemeat
  • 1 small egg
  • A pinch of salt
  • Icing sugar to dust

Baking mince pies


  1. To make the pastry, add 225g cold butter (diced) into a bowl with 350g plain flour, then mix in 100g golden caster sugar and a pinch of salt.
  2. Shape the dough into a ball (but don’t add liquid!) and knead it. You can either use the dough straight away or keep it chilled for later.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6/180C Fan. Line a 12-hole shallow bun tin by pressing small, walnut-sized balls of pastry into each. If you have a spare tin, line this too as there should be enough mixture for up to 18 pies!
  4. Spoon 280g mincemeat into the pies.
  5. Take slightly smaller balls of pastry than earlier, and pat these out between your hands to make round pie lids, make sure they’re big enough to cover the pies.
  6. Cover the pies with the lids and press the edges together to seal. They’ll stick on their own so there’s no need to add anything extra!
  7. Beat 1 egg and use this to lightly brush the tops of the pies.
  8. It’s baking time! Bake the pies for 20 mins or until crisp and golden.
  9. Leave the pies to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then move them to a wire rack.
  10. To serve, lightly dust the pies with icing sugar. They will last 3-4 days.
  11. Time for the best bit – enjoy the pies with a nice glass of mulled wine on the side!

What’s your favourite Christmas treat? Let us know!

Recipe from Good Food magazine
Written by Tabby Duff Digital Marketing Executive/Baking Connoisseur

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