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Chef Dave’s Homemade Christmas – Easy to Make Mince Pies!

This Christmas make something special for your friends and family with some simply delicious mince pies! Our very own Chef Dave is incredibly talented and his cake has even been commented upon as something Mary Berry would love!

So if you can’t join us for a chunky slice of deliciousness by the crackling log burner in December, why not try making some mince pies yourself with chef Dave’s helpful and easy recipe.

What you’ll need:

225g of cold butter diced into little cubes
350g of plain flour
100g of golden caster sugar
280g of mincemeat (your choice whether to make this yourself or not)
1 egg
A pinch of salt
Icing sugar to dust your tasty creations with!

Step One (The Boring Bit!)

First of all you’ll need to make the pastry, so start by rubbing the butter with the flour and then add the caster sugar and a pinch of salt. Make the pasty into a ball and knead it a little. You can expect the dough to be quite firm and if you need to save it for later just put it in the fridge!

Step Two (Get the Spoons Out!)

Warm up the oven to 200C or Gas Mark 6, but if you’re using a fan-assisted oven you’ll want to set it a little lower at 180C. Take a holed baking tin and fill 18 holes with walnut-sized balls of pastry, and press them in. Then get the spoons out and divide the mincemeat into the pies!

Step Three (Nearly There!)

Now you’ll need to make the lids, so take smaller portions of balled pastry and pat them out until you make flat lids. They need to be large enough to cover all of the pie and have a little excess so you can squeeze the pastry together to seal. All you’ll need to do is press the edges together softly and they should stick!

Step Four (Get the Clotted Cream Ready!)

The last step is to beat the egg and brush the lids of the pies with the mixture. Then all you’ve got to do is wait for 20 minutes and the smell of rich delicious mince pies will soon be filling your home! Leave them to cool down in the tin for 5-10 minutes and then move them onto a wire rack. To serve, just dust them with icing sugar and add a dollop of Cornish clotted cream – yummy!

Feel free to post a picture of your homemade mince pies to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, we’d love to see your festive creations, so get baking! If you fancy visiting us this winter, take a look at our Winter Warmer break where we’ll have cake and a toasty log burner at the ready!