Sunday, 4 December 2016


I love baking and I love trying new things, especially when it's a twist on something I already love to bake. I saw this recipe on the countryliving website and because my family love mincepies and anything almond/marzipan flavoured I knew they'd be excited to try these!

Serves: 36

400g plain flour
200g butter
2tbsp caster sugar
1 medium egg, beaten with 2tbsp cold water
450g mincemeat (We didn't have enough to had to use jam for some!)

icing sugar for dusting

For the frangipane:
150g butter
150g caster sugar
85g self-raising flour
100g ground almonds
2 medium eggs
1/2 tsp almond extract
flaked almonds

  • In a food processor, combine flour and butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the sugar.
  • Keep the motor running and add enough egg until it starts to clump together. 
  • Bring together with your hands to make a ball. 
  • Knead briefly, cover in clingfilm and leave for 20 minutes. 
  • On a lightly dusted worktop, roll out the pastry to roughly 2mm thick.
  • Stamp out "36" circles and place into bun tins (cupcake tin!)
  • Fill with mincemeat, then chill. 

For the frangipane:
  • Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • Beat in the flour, almonds, eggs and extract. 
  • Put a heaped teaspoon onto each of the mincepies, and spread to the sides to cover the mincemeat and seal the edges. 
  • Sprinkle with flaked almonds. (We put a quarter glacé cherry on the ones with jam)
  • Heat the oven to 180ºc and bake for 15 - 20 minutes until golden. 
They were really yummy and went down a treat with all the family and they're perfect for freezing too!

What do you think? Have you made any mince pie variations, let me know in the comments.

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