Treat yourself to the delicious holiday tradition of frozen mince pies. This recipe gives you the opportunity to keep things traditional and simple and let the classic flavors shine through. However, why not get creative and add a few imaginative twists to take these festive favorites to the next level? Whether you stick with the classics or try new flavor combinations, these mince pies are sure to be a crowd pleaser. You can conveniently store them in your freezer and enjoy them whenever you feel like it. Enjoy the magic of the season with these delicious treats!
- 500g pack of sweet or dessert shortcrust pastry
- some flour for dusting
- about 300 g minced meat
- Splash of milk to glaze
Crispy marzipan mince pies
Roughly grate 100 g block marzipan,
Then mix in 50 g of toasted flakes
Almonds. Sprinkle over the minced meat filling
Cake, then freeze and bake
frozen as described above.Festive mince pies
Roll out the dough for the lid and sprinkle with it
2 tablespoons granulated sugar and dab or
Roll lightly into the dough again so that it sticks. Use one
small (3–4 cm) star, holly or heart cutter,
or a mix to cut out 12 shapes.
Top each cake with one of these, then freeze and
Bake from frozen as described above.Cinnamon Streusel Mince Pies
Mix 50 g in a small bowl
diced butter, 7 tablespoons flour,
5 tbsp Demerara sugar and 1½ tsp
Cinnamon. Sprinkle on top
pies filled with minced meat, then freeze and
Bake from frozen as described above. Save
The dough you don’t use as a lid
a second batch of mince pies.
- Roll out just over half of the dough on a floured surface to about the thickness of a £1 coin.
- Punch circles of dough to line the holes of a 12-hole bun tin – an 8cm cutter should be about enough.
- Roll up the trimmings again until all 12 holes are covered.
- Add some minced meat to each.
- Roll out the remaining dough with a little more flour.
- Using a fluted or plain round cutter (6 cm), cut out 12 lids.
- Cover the minced meat with the dough lids.
- Press the edges to seal.
- Poke 1-2 small holes in each to allow the steam to escape.
- Wrap the entire tray tightly in cling film. Stores in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- To cook, preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
- Take the mince pies out of the freezer and brush the top with a little milk.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and crispy and the filling is hot.
Equipment and tools
- rolling pin
- Pastry brush
- Cake pan or muffin pan
This recipe contains the following allergens:
- Wheat (from pastry)
- milk (for icing)
- Almonds (for crispy marzipan mince pies)
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftover mince pies, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Alternatively, you can store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. To enjoy them warm, simply heat them in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) for 5-10 minutes.
Health benefits of freezer mince pies
Mince pies are a classic and popular Christmas treat. And if you’re looking for a convenient and time-saving option, making from-the-freezer mince pies can be a great choice. Not only do they offer the same deliciousness as freshly baked mince pies, but they also have some health benefits. Let’s dive into the benefits of these frozen treats.
1. Rich in antioxidants
The main ingredient in mince pies is mince, typically made from a combination of dried fruits such as raisins, currants and sultanas. These fruits are rich in antioxidants that protect your body from harmful free radicals. Antioxidants also play a crucial role in reducing inflammation and boosting your immune system.
2. Nutrient-rich shortcrust pastry
The basis of these mince pies is the sweet or dessert shortcrust pastry, which contains important nutrients. Shortcrust pastry is rich in carbohydrates and therefore provides a good source of energy. In addition, it contains some protein and small amounts of vitamins and minerals. Although it should be enjoyed in moderation, the pastry gives the mince pies a filling texture.
3. Potential for dietary changes
If you have dietary restrictions or preferences, you can adapt the recipe to suit your needs by making your own From-the-Freezer Mince Pies. You can use gluten-free or whole-grain pastries to reduce the amount of refined flour in your diet. Additionally, you can control the sweetness of the ground meat filling by choosing sweeteners that suit your dietary goals.
4. Mindful portion control
By making frozen mince pies you have the benefit of portion control. Each cake is a single serving, making it easier for you to control your intake and avoid overindulgence. This can be especially beneficial if you’re watching your calorie intake during the holidays.
5. Creative variations
You can also try different creative variations when making From-the-Freezer Mince Pies. The recipe provides suggestions for toppings such as crispy marzipan, cinnamon streusel or festive pastry shapes. Adding nuts, spices, or other flavorings can improve the flavor and nutritional profile of the pies.
In summary, From-the-Freezer Mince Pies are more than just a delicious holiday treat. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients and the possibility of a dietary change, these frozen treats can be both a treat and a better choice for your overall health. So next time you’re craving a traditional mince pie, think about the benefits of making it from the freezer.