Choosing the best bakeware to make mince pies
There is no denying it – Christmas will soon be here and this means mince pie season is now officially underway. Universally loved, the humble mince pie is a staple feature in British homes for the best part of two months as the festive period approaches. Here we take a look at how to make the perfect mince pie; in addition, also have some unusual ideas to add a twist to your mince pies.
Choosing your bakeware
Before you start making your mince pies, you need to ensure you have the right baking pans. Standard 12-hole baking tins are generally used; however, if you want to make mini mince pies for drinks parties, our 24-hole mini tart tin is the perfect size. If you want to do something different, there is nothing to stop you making giant mince pies using our six-hole baking pans or even making open-top mince pie tarts in our Yorkshire pudding baking pans.
Our mince pie recipe:
250g butter, cubed
375g plain flour
110g caster sugar
icing sugar for dusting
Make the pastry by combining the butter and flour and then adding the sugar. Knead it slightly to form a ball.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Use a glass or pastry cutter to cut circles of pastry and use these to line your baking tins. Spoon mincemeat onto each pastry base.
Use a slightly smaller sized glass or cutter to cut out lids for your mince pies. Place a lid on each pie and press down gently to seal the lids to the bases.
Beat the egg and brush the mince pies with it. Bake the pies for 20 minutes until the pastry is golden. Allow to cool before transferring to a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar.
Caring for your bakeware
Our bakeware is all dishwasher, freezer and oven-safe and comes with a five-year non-stick guarantee. When washing, use a hot, soapy cloth – do not use scouring pads or other abrasive materials. With a little gentle care, these baking tins will last a lifetime and will produce dozens of delicious mince pies and other delights year after year.
Alternative mince pie ideas
If you fancy doing something different with your mince pies this year, why not make small meringues to top them with? For something very unusual, try adding a little grated cheese on top of the mincemeat before baking. This is something of a love it or hate it idea, but one you should at least try!