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Star Topped Mince Pies

Asked by BT0804. Answered on 17th December 2015

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Hi, I'm just wondering how far in advance could I make the cranberry mince pie filling for the Star Topped Mince Pies? Thank you, Brenda.

How long will the mince pie dough keep for uncooked and can it be frozen when raw?

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Nigella's Star Topped Mince Pies (from Christmas and on the Nigella website) is filled with Cranberry-Studded Mincemeat (also from Christmas and with the mince pie recipe on the Nigella website). If you make the mincemeat and then put it, while hot, into sterilized jars and seal them tightly then it should last for up to 1 month in a cool, dry place (you can pour a little extra brandy on the surface of the mincemeat before sealing, if you like). Otherwise make it up to 10 days in advance and store in the fridge until needed.

The dough for the mince pies can be made up to 5 days in advance. Wrap the disc of dough tightly in clingfilm (plastic wrap) and keep it in the fridge. For easier rolling, take it out of the fridge 30 minutes to 1 hour before using, to let it come closer to room temperature. The dough can be frozen for up to 3 months, wrapped in a double layer of clingfilm and a layer of foil. Thaw overnight in the fridge before rolling, as outlined above.

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