This is the way I make my mince pies, and there is no changing me or them: they are small, to be popped straight into the mouth in one go; the pastry is plain, the better to contrast with the rich, fruited filling; and they have not full casings but little stars as lids, which makes them look beautiful and taste flutteringly light.
By all means use good shop-bought mincemeat if you want, but I'm hoping you might give my new Cranberry-Studded Mincemeat a go: it tastes both rich and boozy and fresh and fruity at the same time; and it makes for a slightly different mince pie, but in a welcome rather than challenging way.
Why not try these other simple Christmas cookie recipes or even make them as edible Christmas gifts for your friends and family. We also have a delicious selection of Christmas party recipes and many other Christmas favourites.
Photo by Lis Parsons.
Recipe posted by Nigella