Mince pies are utterly essential to a British Christmas. The name is a bit misleading – although they contain mincemeat, there’s no actual meat in them, although there used to be, a few hundred years ago. Modern mince pies contain a very rich mixture of fruit, fat and booze, and the pastry for mincemeat is rich and buttery. In this video, I show you how to make mincemeat from scratch, how to make buttery shortcrust pastry, and how to make the mince pies.

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Here’s the written / printable recipe for mince pies:

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