Mince pies are a traditionally British festive sweet pastry which are very delicious. They are pretty popular here in Ireland but I’m not sure if they are seen in many other countries across the world, maybe you can tell me! The “mince meat” consists of apples, raisins, sultanas, currants, mixed peel and a mix of Christmas spices, so as you can see there is no real meat involved!

Makes 20 mini mince pies
170g flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
100g cold butter, cut into small chunks
1 tablespoon of caster sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons of water
420g jar of mince meat
1 egg
fluted circular cookie cutter
star cookie cutter

Place the flour and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.

Add the butter and rub in using your finger tips until you have a rough breadcrumb like mixture. Don’t worry it will come together!

Add the sugar and the egg yolk and mix through with a spoon.

Add the water slowly until a dough comes together.

Form a ball with your hands, cover in cling film and place in the fridge to chill for at least 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180oC/Gas Mark 5.

Roll the pastry dough out to about half a centimetre in thickness and cut out 20 circles and 20 stars. You may need to gather the scraps and re roll the pastry to get enough cases.

Oil a mini muffin tray and fill with the pastry circles.

Fill each mini pie with the mincemeat and top with the pastry stars.

Whisk the egg and brush each mini pie with it.

Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until the pastry turns golden brown.

Serve straight away or save some for Santa, word has it there his favourite snack!