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Easy mince pies

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  • Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  • Rub the butter into the flour and add the almonds, caster sugar, orange rind and salt until the mixture is a bit crumbly.

  • Combine mixture with the egg yolk and 1-2 teaspoons of water until it forms soft dough, then put it into a plastic bag and chill for 20 – 30 minutes.

  • Roll out the pastry to a thickness of 2-3mm(0.1in) and cut out about 18 rounds measuring 7.5cm(3in) with a pastry cutter.

  • Place in lightly greased patty tins and spoon the mincemeat evenly into the pies.

  • Re-roll the leftover pastry and cut out round lids, stars or other festive shapes to fit on top of the mincemeat.

  • Lightly brush the pastry tops with the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes until golden.

  • Remove from oven and leave for a few minutes before removing from tins and cooling on a wire rack.

  • Dust with icing sugar.

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