Best Ever Homemade Mince Pies Recipe {includes Homemade Suet-free Mincemeat Recipe}

Would you like to make your own mince pies and mincemeat this Christmas?

Try this delicious recipe for homemade mincemeat and yummy mince pies from Fiona Burrell, Principle at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School.

It even includes making your own suet free mincemeat from scratch.

Homemade mincemeat is absolutely delicious and this version is very quick and simple to make.

The mincemeat and pastry recipe can also be used to make a large tart, which works very well as a Christmas dessert.

NB: If making a larger tart you may need ot adjust the cooking time.

Serve with ginger ice cream or brandy flavoured crème anglaise.

If you're short on time, try our easiest ever mince pies recipe instead!

Homemade Mince Pies Recipe


For the pastry:

225g / 8oz plain flour
140g / 5oz butter, cut into cubes
Pinch of salt

For the mincemeat:

1 apple
85g  /3oz sultanas
85g / 3oz raisins
45g / 1½ oz currants 
85g / 3oz dried cranberries
45g / 1½ oz flaked almonds
Grated zest of 1 lemon
Grated zest ½ orange
1 ½ tsp mixed spice
2 tbsp whisky or brandy
55g / 2oz melted butter
1 ripe banana

To serve:

Icing sugar


1. Make the pastry by sifting the flour into a large bowl.

2. Add the butter and salt and rub in until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

3. Add approximately 5 tablespoons of ice cold water. Bring together to a ball of dough adding a little more water if necessary.

4. Flatten into a circle and wrap in cling film. Chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. 

5.Wash and grate the apple, including the skin. Put into a bowl and add the sultanas, raisins, cranberries, almonds, lemon zest, orange zest, mixed spice, whisky and melted butter.

6. Mash the banana and add to the mincemeat mixture.

7. Roll out two thirds of the pastry and cut into medium sized circles using a pastry cutter.

8. Line a 12 hole patty tin with the pastry.

9. Place a spoonful of mincemeat into each pastry case.

10. Roll out the rest of the pastry and cut into stars. Top each open pie with a star lid.

11. Chill in the refrigerator for a further 10 minutes. 

12. Preheat the oven to 190˚C / Fan oven 170˚C / gas mark 5.

13. Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

14. Cool slightly then remove carefully from the tin. Leave to cool or serve warm.

15. Dust with icing sugar just before serving. 

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