Some people may say I’m late to the mince pie party. To those people I say; pah. Over the twelve days of Christmas, to ensure good luck through the twelve months of the coming year, you should eat twelve mince pies at twelve different houses. So on this, the fourth (or fifth) day of Christmas, the need for mince pies is greater than ever.
I don’t mess around with mince pies and this is the recipe I always use. Rub together 225g of butter and 350g of plain flour. Use of the parents’ retro weighing scales to weigh these out is optional.
Now pinch off a slightly smaller ball and roll it flat to make a lid. Then squash the edges together to seal. Brush the tops with a beaten egg and then bake for 20 minutes at 180C. It’s important to leave them to cool in the tin for at least 5 minutes before you try and lever them out. They should then come out cleanly.