Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Star-Topped Mince Pies (Nigella Lawson)

We love Mincemeat Pies especially the ones from Marks & Spencer . The rich buttery crust is just to die for . Anyway since I've bought some  ready-made Mincemeat from M&S , I thought this is a great opportunity to try out this recipe from Nigella Christmas cookbook .  Another awesome recipe from this cookbook . These pie crusts are rich & flaky .....  just DELICIOUS  . Maybe next year I'll make my own mincemeat ... LOL 

Star-Topped Mince Pies
Recipe adapted from Nigella Christmas cookbook

Ingredients makes 36
1- 2/3 cups flour
5 Tbsp vegetable shortening (Crisco)
4 Tbsp cold butter -diced small
1 orange - juice
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup mincemeat ( I've used Marks & Spencer mincemeat) 
Confrctioner sugar for dusting 

You also need :
Mini tart tins ( I've used individual moulds) 
Round fluted cookie cutter  ( about 6 cm) 
Small star cutter

Method : 

1) In a large bowl , add in flour , 1 tsp of shortening & butter . Shake them together & cover , put in the freezer for 20 mins . ( This is to make the pastry tender & flaky later) 

2) In a small bowl combine orange juice & salt , cover & place in the refrigerator to chill .

3) Beat  flour mixture with the rest of the shortening  till crumbs in food processor . Pour in salted orange juice down the funnel, pulsing til it looks as if the dough is about to cohere ; you want to stop just before it does ( even if some orange juice is left ) If needed more liquid , add some iced water .

4) Turn the dough out on a clean  surface ,  combine dough with hand . Then turn into 3 discs for 3 batches . Wrap each disc in plastic wrap & place in the refrigerator for 20 mins . 

5) Preheat oven to 220°C . Roll out the disc , one at a time into thin & light layer . Using a round cookie cutter & cut out circles a little wider than the indentations in the tart tins . Press these circles into the molds & dollop a teaspoon of mincemeat . 

6) Cut out the stars with little star cutter , place them on top of the mincemeat without pressing in . Bake for 10 to 15 mins  .  Let cool before dusting confectioner sugar over the pies . PLS ,  I forgot to dus mine .... oh well  ,  LOL 

Linking this post to Cook-Your-Book # 29 hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours 

Linking this post to Cook & Celebrate : Christmas 2015 event hosted by Bake For Happy Kids , Goody Foodies The Domestic Goddess Wannabe .


  1. Hi Kit,

    I remember this fantastic recipe... Try it before. Love the flaky pastry :D


  2. Hi Kit
    I was about to try out Mince Pies too and have been searching for a good recipe to try. Guess you have posted your post at the right time! I am salivating looking at your pies! Lovely!

  3. Hi Kit...the crusty looks very crusty...feel like taking abite off them...i hvnt made one or tasted 1 mincepie b4 though...hehehe...

  4. Hi Kit,
    The last time I ate mince pies was about 4 years ago! Your mince pies looks lovely and yummy! Nigella's recipes are always a winner!

  5. I will have to bake a batch too. They look great, Kit.