Super quick but utterly delicious, these Easy Crumble Mince Pies are perfect with a cup of tea or mulled wine!
When it comes to Christmas, there’s nothing more Christmassy than a mince pie. The smell of them baking, the fruity filling and debate over which pastry is best! But to be honest, in my family, making the mince pies is usually left down to my sister. She makes the mosttt delicious pies with puff pastry and flaked almonds! Which is why I didn’t have a recipe on the blog. Until today!
I wanted to create easy mince pies, with a little twist. I prefer my mince pies quite small, so these are little diddy ones – meaning you can totally have two with a cuppa! With shortcrust pastry to make it super quick! Filled with fruity mincemeat – I use shop bought for ease, though you can totally make your own! And topped with a sugary crumble, which gives the mince pies a little extra pizazz.
To make easy crumble mince pies:
So, how do we make them.
Well, first up you need to make your pastry. Shortcrust pastry is superrr simple, and very quick to put together (aside from some hands off chilling time).
All you do is combine the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Then rub in the butter – rub literally means to rub the mixture between your fingertips – until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then you add water until a rough dough is formed. This is then chilled for at least 30minutes.
While the pastry is chilling you can get your crumble ready. Using the rubbing technique again; rub the sugar, flour and butter together. Except this time you want to leave some larger chunks of butter intact – for extra flavour!
Once the pastry has chilled you’re ready to assemble. Roll out your pastry, and cut out 6cm circles. Place these in your shallow bun tin, fill each with mincemeat and add the crumble topping. Then you’re ready to bake!
Mince pies definitely taste best warm, so pop these into the oven when you’re ready to eat them and you’ll thank yourself! Just be mindful of the hot filling!!
I hope you love these, and have a wonderful Christmas! Thats me signing off for this year, and whaaaat a year its been! :/ Bring on 2021!!
On with the recipe:
Easy Crumble Mince Pies
- 110 g plain flour
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 60 g unsalted butter cold & cubed
- 1 tbsp & 1tsp ice-cold water
- 220 g fruit mincemeat
- 30 g unsalted butter cold
- 20 g soft light brown sugar
- 35 g plain flour
- sprinkling of icing sugar
- For the pastry: Mix together the flour, salt and caster sugar in a bowl. Then using your hands, rub in the cold butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Slowly pour in the water and mix until it forms a rough dough. Tip out onto a lightly floured worksurface and knead briefly until a dough forms. Flatten into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas Mark 6.
- For the crumble: Add the butter, sugar and flour into a bowl and rub together with your hands. You want to leave some lumps of butter intact, so you have a mixture of larger and ‘breadcrumb’ style crumbs. Then set aside.
- Roll the chilled dough out, on a lightly floured work surface, until a few millimetres thick. Then using a 6cm cookie cutter, cut out 12 rounds and place into the indentations of a shallow bun tin. Then divide the mincemeat between each pastry round, spooning into the middle. Finally, top each pie with the crumble mixture.
- Bake in the oven for 15-17minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Leave in the tin for 1-2 minutes, before removing and placing on a cooling rack. Eat still warm, with a sprinkling of icing sugar on top if desired!