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All you need for 12 mince pies:
- 1 sheet short crust pastry (frozen)
- 1 jar Robertson's mincemeat (fruit mincemeat obviously)
- 2 tablespoons milk and milk/pastry brush
- Icing sugar (for dusting at the end)
- Some coarse brown sugar (for sprinkling)
- A shallow pie tin suited to 12 pies
1. Flour your surface and roll out your pastry. Make sure it is still cool to the touch - it makes it easier to work with if you've let it defrost a bit before rolling. You don't want it paper thin but you also don't want it too thick.
2. Use a cutter and cut out 12 round discs and then use a fork to make the edges of each disc look pretty :) then place each disc into your buttered tin.
4. Roll out your pastry again and this time, cut with a smaller cutter. You can use a fun Christmas shape instead of a traditional circle; I used a Christmas Tree cutter.
5. Coat the edge of your base disc with milk, then add your Christmas Tree pastry top, then coat that with milk too. Sprinkle with a little brown sugar - the best sugar to use is a coarse (crunchy) variety.
6. Bake in the oven at for minutes and when browned, remove.
7. Dust with sieved icing sugar and then serve to a round of applause from your friends!