Mince pies

ALDI with ‘rum’

How are yours?

Any home made yet?

@BakersBunny is making mincemeat as the first step…



Boy, I could eat about 3 of those in one sitting. You’ve made me hungry.


Not had any mince pies this year yet but they’re on my shopping order for next week :grin:


My mother loved mincemeat pies. It was her favorite thing to eat over the holidays. :heart:


As someone who usually avoids the kitchen I’ve made two Christmas cakes this year, using the Mary Berry recipe. I was under the guidance of my good lady. I’ve still to marzipan and ice them. Must try making mince pies.


@PaulWT that’s fab. I do like christmas cake but i’m not a marzipan lover so will have to sneak a slice of yours before you cover them witb marzipan :grin:

Home made mince pies are rather nice too :grin:


My mum used to make Scottish meat pies with lamb mince. The top of the pies had a ridge so that you could fill the top with peas and we would add a wee bit of vinegar salt and pepper.
I can buy these in USA, Kearney New Jersey.
There is a German butcher near me where I can get chocolate covered marzipan. YUM.

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Errrm What does chocolate marzipan have to do with scotch pie confused

Lea asks have you ever had a macaroni cheese pie that well-known Scottish delicacy!

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Those look amazing!!!I want! I wonder if the deliver?? :grinning:

Simple: Marzipan was just mentioned by @Mrs5K and @Matthew1798 .
I found out a while ago that posts can go all over the place sometimes…Sorry.


@Outlander i like the sound of that pie especially room for the peas :grin:

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I love peas!

Did your mother use a special kind of lard for the crust?

Did she ever use beef?

Do you know how to make them like your mother?

Just curious. Sorry for all of the questions. :upside_down_face:


@SimonInEdinburgh my wife made a gorgeous looking mince pie/ Bakewell tart hybrid last night and although it looks dangerous I intend to run extensive tests along with my coffee later this morning.


@Strings now that sounds yummy. You’ll have to report back from your taste test :grin:


My mother used a recipe like this:


Thanks for sharing this. I love talking about cooking and food.

Does traditional always mean “minced lamb” must be used?

Ground beef, ground turkey, ground pork…fine.

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Here’s the recipe for my wife’s Mince pie/ Bakewell tart which also found its way into another thread. That’s the recipe, not the actual pie, the remains of which are still in our kitchen :slightly_smiling_face:
Bakewell Christmas Tart

Pastry base.

250g Plain flour

75g Caster sugar

125g Cold butter, diced

1 large or 2 small eggs, lightly beaten.

Grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon

Mix flour & sugar. Add butter & rub in until like breadcrumbs (I use food mixer for this bit).

Pour in egg and lemon zest.

Gently form into dough and avoid overworking.

Wrap in cling film and rest in fridge for at lest 1hour

Heat oven to 180 & grease an 8inch flan tin.

Roll the pastry between 2 pieces of cling film (stops it sticking without additional flour),

Line flan case & bake blind for 15 mins. Remove baking beans or whatever you’ve used & bake for a further 5 mins. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile mix topping.


120g caster sugar

125g ground almonds

1 egg, lightly beaten

½ tsp almond extract ( optional)

50g flaked almonds

Melt butter with sugar in medium sizes saucepan.

Mix in ground almonds & essence & egg

When cool cover pastry base with approx. ½ jar mincemeat.

Top with almond mix and garnish with flaked almonds.

Bake at 180 for 30 mins.