Mince Pies With Puff Pastry
Mince pies made with puff pastry; an unbelievably easy recipe perfect for the festive season. It’s made with shop-brought mincemeat and ready rolled puff pastry so is super quick and simple.
It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas, and these puff pastry mince pies are the perfect way to kick off the festive season.
No Christmas is complete without them! They’re flaky, buttery, sweet and so hard to stop at one. This recipe makes baking homemade mince pies as easy as… pie (excuse the pun!).
My Shortcrust mince pies will always be a classic, but this recipe is perfect for when you want them fast and stress free.
Why You’ll Like This Recipe
- It takes 25 minutes to make.
- Amazing taste with minimal effort.
- You only need 4 basic ingredients.
- Spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the festive season.
What Is Mincemeat?
Mincemeat is a combination of nuts, spices and dried fruit with butter and sometimes alcohol.
Once upon a time in the 15th century, mincemeat had real meat in it. Nowadays, there’s no meat in mincemeat, though some recipes use suet (animal fat) instead of butter.
You can of course make your own mincemeat from scratch, but this can take a lot of time. I prefer buying a jar of mincemeat and adding extra flavour to it.
Watch How To Make Puff Pastry Mince Pies
More Christmas Recipes
Looking for easy recipes to make during the festive period? Check out these recipes below!
- Honey Roasted Parsnips And Carrots
- Puff Pastry Pizza Rolls (great for parties)
- Chocolate Orange Fudge
- Chocolate Tiffin
- Puff Pastry Sausage Plait
How Do You Keep Mince Pies From Sticking To The Tin?
A few tips to prevent mince pies from sticking is to grease the tin with butter or oil. A further step is to line the holes with parchment paper.
I use this mince pie tin, it has small holes at the bottom. It makes removing mince pies very easy and it also prevents soggy bottoms.
Which Puff Pastry Should I Use?
I like to make mince pies with ready rolled puff pastry, it’s the easiest way and saves a lot of time. There are many brands out there like Just Rol, but you can use non-branded puff pastry too.
A block of ready-made puff pastry can be used, but you’ll have to roll it out evenly before starting this recipe. You could also make homemade puff pastry from scratch if you want to!
Puff Pastry Mince Pies Recipe Ingredients
Below are the few ingredients needed for this recipe:
- Puff Pastry: Use ready rolled puff pastry, any brand is fine to use. You can make your own pastry from scratch but make sure it’s rolled out evenly.
- Mincemeat: Buy a jar of mincemeat, there are so many different flavours available.
- Egg: An egg is used to egg wash the pastry and help seal the top of the pastry to the bottom.
- Demerara Sugar: Adds a sweet crunch to the pastry lids.
How To Make Puff Pastry Mince Pies
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make unbelievably easy mince pies with puff pastry:
Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°Fan, gas mark 6) and grease a holed mince pie tin (or cupcake tin) with butter.
Unroll the puff pastry sheet and cut out 12 bases using a 7.4cm or 7.5cm fluted cookie cutter. Place the bases into your holed mince pie tin and gently press them down.
Spoon one teaspoon of mincemeat into the middle of the pastry bases. Gently brush whisked egg around the edges.
Unroll the remaining puff pastry sheet and cut out 12 lids using a smaller 6cm to 6.8cm fluted cookie cutter.
Place the lids on top of the mincemeat and gently press them into the sides of the base.
If you’re using a star or snowflake cutter, carefully place the lids in the centre of the mincemeat.
Lightly brush the egg over the pastry and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown.
How To Serve Puff Pastry Mince Pies
I usually eat mince pies on their own or with a hot drink but it’s quite popular to serve with brandy butter, cream or ice cream.
Can You Freeze Puff Pastry Mince Pies?
Yes, you can definitely freeze mince pies!
Is it best to freeze mince pies before or after cooking?
I prefer freezing mince pies before baking them in the oven, that way they’ll be freshly baked (as opposed to reheating them). Plus, you can bake them straight from the freezer.
If you want to freeze mince pies after being baked, leave them to cool down before transferring into a freezer-safe container. Place in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months.
Oil or butter your tins, it takes a few minutes and makes such a big difference! Otherwise, the pastry can stick to the tin making removal difficult.
Leave the mince pies to cool down for at least 5 minutes before removing them. It’s a lot easier to remove when they have cooled down slightly.
If you’re making decorative lids, then you might not need 2 sheets of puff pastry. You can use the remnants from the sheet used to cut out bases to make lids. This is a good hack to reduce waste.
Dont skip sprinkling sugar on top of the pastry, it adds a delicious crunchy top. You can use granulated sugar or demerara sugar.
How Do You Keep Mince Pies From Leaking?
A great tip to stop your mince pies from leaking, is to not overfill them (despite how tempting it can be). Otherwise, the mincemeat filling will bubble over the sides.
Make sure to pinch the lids to the base pastry, this will help bind them together securely.
What Size Cutter Should I Use?
I used a 7.4cm cutter to make these mince pies, but feel free to make them bigger or smaller.
If you use a muffin tin, you can make mince pies that are deeper and can hold more filling.
Make Vegan Mince Pies: Ready rolled puff pastry is vegan so make sure to use vegan-friendly mincemeat. Instead of egg-washing the pastry you can brush the pastry with oil.
Add Extra Ingredients: Give jar mincemeat more flavour by adding extra ingredients. You can add lemon juice, lemon zest, almonds, cranberries and chocolate.
Make Mincemeat Pinwheels: A bit like a cinnamon swirl, but with mincemeat filling.
More Puff Pastry Recipes
If you have any puff pastry leftover, then you just have to try these recipes below:
- Puff Pastry Cinnamon Swirls
- Puff Pastry Cinnamon Twists
- Nutella Puff Pastry Twists
- Cheese Twists
- Bacon And Cheese Turnovers
- Chocolate Twists
- Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls
Puff Pastry Mince Pies Recipe
- 2 Ready Rolled Puff Pastry Sheets
- 12 tsp Mincemeat (Half a jar / 200g)
- 1 Egg
- 3 tsp Demerara Sugar
- Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°Fan, gas mark 6) and grease a holed mince pin tin (or cupcake tin) with butter.
- Unroll the puff pastry sheet and cut out 12 bases using a 7.4cm or 7.5cm fluted cookie cutter. Place the bases into your holed mince pie tin and gently press them down.
- Spoon one teaspoon of mincemeat into the middle of the pastry bases. Gently brush whisked egg around the edges.
- Unroll the remaining puff pastry sheet and cut out 12 lids using a smaller 6cm to 6.8cm fluted cookie cutter.
- Place the lids on top of the mincemeat and gently press them into the sides of the base. If you're using a star or snowflake cutter, carefully place the lids in the centre of the mincemeat.
- Lightly brush egg over the pastry and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown.
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