This puff pastry mince pies recipe is a must-have during Christmas. But are delicious all year round. They can be served as a snack or dessert.
A mince pie is a mini sweet, pastry pie that hails from England. The fruit filling contains dried fruits and spices known as "mincemeat", which traditionally makes up most of its flavour.
We have made ours with puff pastry and used a jar of mincemeat for a quick, easy to make sweet flaky treat. They are suitable for vegans and vegetarians too so the whole family can enjoy these!
How to make puff pastry mince pies?
We show you how to make mince pies with puff pastry and a store-bought jar of mincemeat. It's so simple, anyone can do it!
Mince pies ingredients
Only a couple of simple ingredients are needed to make mince pies, mincemeat and pastry.
You can make your own mincemeat if you have time or just do what we have done and add a few extra ingredients to improve the taste of the jar of mincemeat.
What is mincemeat?
Mincemeat is a mixture of dried fruit and spices, in 16th century England they used minced meat in mince pies.
You can make your own mincemeat if wanted however it can be a long process we like to use a jar of mincemeat.
Vegan and Vegetarian friendly recipe
Modern day shop bought jars of mincemeat almost always call for meat alternatives like solid vegetable fats making it vegetarian and vegan friendly.
And we use shop-bought puff pastry which also uses vegetable fats instead of butter.
How to add flavour to jar of mincemeat?
Shop bought mincemeat is usually sold in a glass jar, it is easier than making your own from scratch but can be a little lacking in flavour.
So we add some extra oomph to them using dried cranberries and zest and juice from a lemon.
You can use other dried fruits or fresh fruit such as apple works well. You can also use other citrus fruits such as clementine or orange zest.
Does mincemeat contain alcohol?
Shop-bought jar of mincemeat doesn’t usually contain alcohol unless buying a posh one!
We like to add a splash of brandy to ours but this is optional! If you do add brandy don't add the lemon juice too as it will make the mixture too soggy!
What pastry is used for mince pies?
Traditional mince pies at Christmas time are made using shortcrust pastry, however, we love to use puff pastry for a delicious quick and easy flaky pastry sweet mince pie.
What puff pastry to use?
Ready rolled puff pastry is the quickest and easiest way to make these puff pastry mince pies we use the jus roll ready-rolled sheets of puff pastry.
Of course, if you have time you can make your own rough puff pastry, you will want to make about 640 grams. Divide into 2 and use a rolling pin to make it into 2 sheets.
Although we use 2 sheets of puff pastry we normally separate this into 2 batches of 6 - 7 mince pies working on one sheet at a time to avoid the pastry getting too warm.
How to make mince pies with puff pastry?
Simply roll out the ready rolled pastry onto floured surface or baking paper dusted with flour to prevent sticking. Use a cookie cutter to cut out your pastry base and tops.
The key is to work as fast as you can to prevent the pastry from going soft. If it does become to soft to work with at any time pop it back in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm back up.
What size cutter?
We use a 7cm cutter, but depending on the puff pastry sheet and the size you want the mince pies you can use a bigger or smaller cutter.
And a tablespoon of mincemeat filling onto pastry bases, brush the edges around the mincemeat with water and top with another circle to make a lid.
Wet the lids with water and sprinkle with sugar then use a sharp knife to pierce a couple of holes in the top of each puff pastry mince pie.
Transfer the baking paper onto a baking tray before cooking.
Cooking Puff Pastry Mince pies
Cook puff pastry mince pies in a preheated oven at 180°C fan / 200°C / 400°F / Gas mark 6 for 15 minutes. Make the second batch of mince pies!
To prevent a soggy bottom based mince pie, make sure to transfer to a wire rack whilst cooling.
Mince pies can be served warm or cold try sprinkling some icing sugar on top for a nice Christmas mince pie treat.
You could also serve as a dessert with custard or brandy sauce.
How to store?
Puff pastry mince pies should be left to cool then kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Can you freeze mince pies?
Yes, you can make ahead and freeze in freezer bags or containers for up to 3 months. Perfect make-ahead Christmas snacks to take over to the family.
Puff Pastry Mince Pies
- 250 grams Mincemeat
- 50 grams Dried Cranberries
- 1 zest of lemon
- ½ juice of lemon use lemon juice or brandy not both
- 1 splash Brandy (optional) use instead of lemon juice
- 2 Sheets Ready Rolled Puff Pastry
- Sprinkle of plain flour
- Add cranberries and lemon zest to the mincemeat.250 grams Mincemeat, 1 zest of lemon, 50 grams Dried Cranberries
- Add either a splash of brandyor ½ juice from the lemon you zested.½ juice of lemon, 1 splash Brandy (optional)
- Mix the ingredients together.
Puff Pastry Mince Pies
- Preheat oven to 180°C fan / 200°C / 400°F / Gas mark 6 Roll out 1 sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry sheet onto a floured sheet of parchment and sprinkle a little flour on top.2 Sheets Ready Rolled Puff Pastry, Sprinkle of plain flour
- Use a cookie cutter to cut circles into the pastry, we used a 7cm cutter which was perfect to cut 15 circles with minimum waste.
- Spoon 1 tbsp of the mincemeat mixture in the middle of 15 of the circles.
- Use your finger or a pastry brush to brush water around the edge of the filling.
- Top with the 15 remaining cut out circles
- Use a slightly smaller cutter to gently push the top pastry sheet into the bottom sheet.
- Brush over with water
- Sprinkle with sugar
- Use a sharp knife to poke a couple of holes into the top
- Bake in a 180°C fan / 200°C / 400°F / Gas mark 6 oven for 15 minutes
- Repeat with the second sheet! These will be ready to go in when the others come out! I do them one sheet at a time to prevent the pastry from getting too warm.2 Sheets Ready Rolled Puff Pastry, Sprinkle of plain flour
- Cool on a wire rack
- Serve warm or cold.
More puff pastry recipes to try
Puff pastry is delicious, with its flaky layers of delight. If you're looking for something sweet try our Apple Strudel or if your appetite wants some savoury goodness at breakfast time then Cheese and Bacon Wraps are perfect! For those who want an even more challenging dish, there's Salmon en Croute.
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