If you plan on having a go at some of your own Christmas baking this year, it’s likely that mince pies are high on your list. Mince pies can be as easy or as intricate as you like, whether you choose to make everything from scratch or let us give you a little help with our mincemeat and ready rolled pastry.
However much effort you plan on putting into your mince pies this year, a few clever tricks with the decoration will go a long way.
Ideas for fancy finishes
Plan on using a cutter for decorative pastry? Cut the top layer of pastry into discs before stamping out the festive shapes. This way you can alternate using both the shapes and the cut-out discs as lids, adding variety without any extra work. It helps make your pastry go further, too.
Icing sugar templates are an easy way of giving your mince pies a sleek, uniform finish. Doily coasters create a snowflake effect, or cut out your own shapes and letters using baking paper or card – these can also be used as a template for your pastry.
No time to tackle a lattice? Roll out long strips of pastry and twist them into a spiral, then curl these across the top of your pies.
For an impressive bake make a festive spin on apple roses. Cut out 5cm x 20cm strips of pastry and spread with a layer of mincemeat. Arrange finely sliced apple across the top half of the pastry and roll up from one end to create a rosebud shape. Brush with melted butter and bake until golden.