Festive recipes for kids: how to make mince pies
What Yule Need
First up: the pastry! Rub the butter into the flour, then mix in the golden caster sugar and a pinch of salt.
Next combine the pastry into a ball and give it a quick but firm knead it briefly. If you’re whipping up the pies straight away, the pastry is ready to rock and roll. If you’re setting it aside for later then keep it in the fridge.
Put the kettle on while you wait for the oven to heat to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line 18 holes of two 12-hole patty tins by pressing small walnut-sized balls of pastry into each hole to form your mince pie ‘casing’.
Spoon the shop-bought mincemeat into the pies. Take slightly smaller balls of pastry than before and pat them out between your hands to make round lids, big enough to cover the pies.
Top the pies with their lids, pressing the edges gently together to seal and to give the pies their slight ruffled edge look.
Brush the tops of the pies with the beaten egg and then pop into the oven to bake for 20 mins until golden. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins, then remove them and place them on a wire rack to continue to cool. Lightly dust with the icing sugar and voila: easy peasy and super delicious mince pies. Save some for Santa!