This recipe for my special mince pies with orange pastry is my most requested recipe ever so I’m happy to share it again with you all! They are made with homemade mincemeat in a rich crumbly, orange flavoured pastry. The mincemeat is delicious, not oversweet and juicy with apples & nuts, it is nothing like many bought varieties which for me are too sweet & ‘pasty’ if you see what I mean. It’s very easy to make. It’s just an assembly job really, not really a recipe, so the most time-consuming thing is buying the ingredients.
If I can’t persuade you to make your own then buy a good quality one & add some chopped apple & nuts plus dash more brandy and it will improve it no end.!
Here is the mincemeat recipe from a previous post:
EXTRA SPECIAL MINCE PIES WITH ORANGE PASTRY
To make the mince pies I’m using a special Sweet Orange Pastry which is lovely and crumbly & rich with the addition of egg yolk and zest of orange. For the best pastry, you need to keep everything cool and don’t over-process or over mix. Cold hands help, mine are always on the cold side so that’s an advantage. I’m sure that I go with the ‘I can’t make pastry’ idea like everything else it is practice (and a good recipe), if you don’t have time or don’t enjoy making it then that’s different -ready-made ones are fine and readily available. (I don’t think you can get an orange flavoured one though!)
I love the smell of mince pies baking in the oven not just because I know they will be delicious to eat but it calls to mind all the happy memories of my childhood Christmas and memories that we have made of family Christmases over the years. I think if I said I was going ‘to do something different this year’ there would be ructions!