So Gordon Ramsey has been working on another version of the Mince Pie.
250g 00 flour or plain flour, plus extra for rolling
25g icing sugar
125g butter, chilled and cubed
finely grated zest 1 orange or lemon
1 medium egg, beaten
½ 400g jar luxury mincemeat
75g pack dried cranberries
1 egg yolk, beaten with 1tsp water, to glaze
icing sugar, to decorate
- Whizz together the flour, icing sugar and butter until they form fine crumbs. With the blades running, add the zest, then the egg and process for a few secs until the mixture forms clumps. If you need to, work in a few trickles of ice cold water, but try and avoid it if you can for the shortest pastry.
- Tip onto a very lightly floured surface, knead briefly until smooth, then chill in the fridge for 30 mins or until firm. Can be made up to 3 days ahead or frozen for up to a month.
- Lightly dust the work surface with flour, then roll pastry out to approx £1 thickness. Cut out 12 x 8cm rounds with a fluted cutter and press into a 12-hole non-stick bun tin. Re-roll the trimmings to the same thickness and stamp out 12 x 5cm rounds for the tops. If you like, use a star cutter to cut out star shapes in the top of the pies, or simply cut crosses in the middle.
- Spoon about 1 dessertspoon mincemeat into each base, sprinkle with cranberries, then press on the tops. Chill for 20 mins while you heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Can be frozen for up to 1 month at this point.
- Brush the tops with the egg, then bake for 15-20 mins until golden and crisp. Cool for a few mins, then lever out of the tins with a table knife and cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Warm gently to serve, dusted with sifted icing sugar.