I really love to get in the Christmas spirit by doing a little baking. Usually its biscuits shaped like reindeers and I'm really desperate to make gingerbread this year, but to start with I've gone for really REALLY easy mince pies.
I'm not sure I can even say I've made them because really all I have done is the construction work, but that counts! So for the easiest thing you'll ever make you need this whopping great list of:
- Jus-Rol shortcrust pastry
- Jar of mince meat
- Icing sugar for dusting
I know... embarrassingly measly! I started by rolling out my thawed pastry in to one big flat sheet. Next cut out 12 (more if you have enough trays) round circles to create the base of the mince pie. You can either use a cutter or a glass if you don't have one quite the right size, both work for me! For the top you will need a little star cutter. Do the same again (or re-roll if you've run out of space) and cut 12 star shapes (or any shapes really... you can experiment here) out of the pastry to make little lids for the pies.
Firstly, push the rounds in to the well butter tins and then fill with a generous portion of mince meat... the more the better and there is no need to be stingy at Christmas! Place your little star on top and push down gently so it just sticks.
These little beauties are now ready for the oven which I had at 180'C and baked them for 30 to 45 minutes. When the pastry is looking like a lovely shade of golden brown the pies are ready to come out! Now for a little patience, let them cool on a tray because eating them right now will be way to hot and not as enjoyable as they should be. After 30 minutes or so (less if you just can't wait) give the mine pies a light dusting of icing sugar and they are ready to serve!
No pain... just gain! Enjoy your mince pies all!