I put a picture of hot mince pies on Facebook the other day and to my surprise a lot of people came back looking for a recipe.
Recipe? Isn’t this the simplest thing in the world?
Therefore, in the interests of bringing mince pies to the masses, here’s a step-by-step account of making mince pies with puff pastry like the Mammy used to do.
First, buy some ridiculously inexpensive puff pastry from Lidl. 79 cents or thereabouts. Also buy a jar of ridiculously inexpensive mincemeat from Lidl. I can’t remember how much.
Let it sit for a while until it reaches room temperature. This technique involves going away and forgetting about it.
Once you’re sure your puff pastry is more or less at room temperature open the pack and peel it back gently.
Now roll the pastry out as thinly as you can and then divide it into circles using a glass or a pastry cutter.
Split the circles in two groups and lay out one half on the board. Add a spoonful of mincemeat to the centre of each.
Take the other half of the discs and dip them in water to make the edges stick. Lay them down over the top.
Squeeze the edges together but don’t forget the spare offcuts. You can stick them on the top to make the things look a little prettier if you like that sort of thing.
Shove it all in the oven at about 200C and wait for it to puff up and go brown.
What more do you want me to tell you?
Get stuck in. Delicious.