Party Mince Pie Recipe

Party Mince Pie Recipe

Ingredients: Serves 5-6

20 ml/4 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)

150 ml milk
1.5 ml vanilla essence (extract)
1 egg, separated
25 ml caster (superfine) sugar

225 g plain (all-purpose) flour
A pinch of salt
175 g butter or margarine, softened
1 egg yolk
30 ml water
225 g mincemeat
Brandy Sauce, to serve


Blend the cornflour with a little of the milk in a saucepan. Stir in the remaining milk. Bring to the boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Whisk in the vanilla, 1 egg yolk and 15 ml/ 1 tbsp of the sugar. Cook gently for 1 minute, then leave to cool.

Sift the flour, salt and remaining sugar into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the butter or margarine, the remaining egg yolk and water. Work with your hands or a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a soft dough. Wrap in clingfilm (plastic wrap) and chill for 30 minutes.

Cut the pastry (paste) in half. Roll out one half and use to line a 23 cm/ 9 in pie dish. Brush the edge with water. Spoon the cold custard into the dish and top with the mincemeat. Roll out the remaining pastry and use as a lid. Press the edges well together to seal. Trim, knock up the edge and flute with the back of a knife. Cut small stars out of pastry trimmings and arrange on top to decorate. Brush with the lightly beaten egg white to glaze. Bake in a preheated oven at 190C/375F/gas mark 5 for 45 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve warm with Brandy Sauce.

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