More than a sprig of holly

Add a dusting of icing sugar and a sprig of holly if you like. They’ll look pretty enough to eat. But if you want to really impress your friends…

A Bit on the Side!
Ok, so we mean accompaniments. But we have to get our excitement where we can.

If you’ve already been to our recipes page then you’ll know we’re fans of Billington’s website. They’ve got tasty ideas on accompaniments to go with your mince pie. The only problem (if you’re not as good behind an apron as you are behind a napkin) is that you’re intended to make these yourself!
They’ve got great recipes for Brandy Butter, Butterscotch Rum Sauce & Spiced Orange Rum Butter
BillingtonsSome Like It Hot
Buy some reeeeeeeeally rich creamy cornish ice-cream, and have a two pert little scoops nestling into your steaming hot pie. Yum. Don’t make any foolhardy errors here though folks, the ice cream has to be vanilla I’m afraid, that is, unless, you’re trying to disguise the taste of some inferior pie!

Alternatively, just put a great big gloopy dollop of clotted cream or extra thick double cream on the side.

Don’t forget to warn your guests about the heat in those pies though!

Raise the Roof
There are many of you out there who recommend putting the air-gap in the shop-bought pies to good use. So why not lift the lid and add some of your own filling? I know this appeals to the blokes out there, ‘cos it means they can pack the accompaniments into the pie and still eat it all without the need for a plate. Not that we’re being sexist here, of course

Here are a few to get you started.
Do email us with your suggestions!

Lift the lid and:


  1. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon, or a mixture of cinnamon and sugar with cream. This gives a nice Christmassy taste (I know, I know; it usually is Christmas when you eat Mince pies…. So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of it!)
  2. Dollop with super thick cream. This seems to be the firm favourite. Not to be scoffed at; just to be scoffed.
  3. Add some brandy/rum butter. The shop stuff is nice, but it’s even better if you can persuade your mum/granny (ok, so we are sexist) to make some for you. Mince Pies are sooooo nice with thick, almost gritty butter (from all the sugar) lathered on top to add to the textural experience.
  • Pimp My Pie
    …And if you’re really having a good night in, and there’s no-one to laugh at you or looked shocked at how much you can scoff, why not personalise your taste experience?
  • If you don’t fancy the idea of being so conventional with your pie (and with this, we’re talking more about aesthetics than taste), then why not really go for the whole pimping thing? Pimping your pie, means making it bigger, better and (generally speaking) more ridiculous than anything you could buy in the shops.
  • We’ve only got a few examples to show you, but are keen to get some more… so send us your snaps and stories of pie-pimping please!



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