Mincemeat pies are British and that’s why I adore them!
I studied in Britain and love everything British: having tea time with finger sandwiches, making Queen Victoria cake, and of course celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and all of the royal weddings.
These little mincemeat pies are traditional treats to have around Christmas. They were originally made with meat, dried fruit, and spices, but today are made with just fruit, spices, and a splash of brandy.
For my Fast + Easy version, I use frozen puff pastry and a high quality ready-made mincemeat filling from Britain.
To make the mincemeat pies, simply roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out small circles. I used a glass to make the circles a little wider than my mini-tart mold. Press the circles into the molds. Use the remaining pastry to create star shapes using a star-shaped cookie cutter. Fill each mold with one teaspoon of mincemeat and cover with a star. Brush with milk and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.