The Ultimate Mince Pies
Paul Hollywood’s Mince Pies
Originating from the Middle Ages as a way of preserving meat without curing, smoking or drying it. These Medieval pies were larger in size and filled with a mixture of finely mixed meat, chopped up fruit and a preserving liquid (vinegar and alcohol). By late Victorian times the meat was ditched and replace with a sugary fruit filling with suet.
The Great British Bake Off Presenter’s Mince Pies recipe (no soggy bottoms please!). These deep and crumbly mince pies are so simple and delicious. The secret to Paul’s mince pie recipe is to jazz up shop-bought mincemeat with a little extra fruit and zest.
Equipment and preparation: You will need a deep muffin mould with 12 holes, a round pastry cutter and a fluted pastry cutter.
For the pastry
- 375g/13oz plain flour
- 250g/9oz butter, softened
- 125g/4oz caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
- 1 medium free-range egg
For the filling
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. To make the sweet pastry, rub the flour, butter, sugar and egg together with a splash of cold water until it just comes together as a dough. Do not over work the dough. Wrap the pastry in cling film and set aside to chill in the fridge while you make the filling.
To make the filling, turn the mincemeat out into a bowl, grate the zest of the tangerines into the mincemeat, then peel and chop the fruit. Throw the tangerine and apple pieces into the bowl and blend by hand.
Roll out the pastry to a 3mm/1/8in thickness. With a round pastry cutter, cut out 6 x 9cm/3½in discs of pastry. Press the pastry into the muffin cups and fill each one with a good helping of the mincemeat mixture, so that it reaches three-quarters of the way up the side of the pastry-lined cup.
With a fluted pastry cutter, cut out 6 x 8cm/3¼ in pastry circles for the lids (slightly bigger than the top of the muffin cups). Place a lid on top of each pie and gently push down. Sprinkle with caster sugar.
Bake for 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with fresh cream.