Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies

Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies

I simply can’t imagine December without mince pie or two (or more like a dozen)! They are my guilty treats responsible for a roll or two added to my midriff by the time the New Year is here full of dietary resolutions. ūüėČ As much as I love regular mince pies, this year I decided to tinker with the pastry to see whether there is a room for improvement and that resulted in my Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies!

For somebody like myself who cannot stand Christmas Cake or Pudding (I quite like the idea of flamb√©ing the latter but that really is it!), the love for the mince pies might seem rather odd. It is and it isn’t… It’s all about the pastry you see. I’m a huge pastry fiend and the crumblier and more buttery the better.

It is 2:2 in our house when it comes to mince pies. There is my hubby and our 7 year old who think they are “vile” (direct quotation) and myself and my 4 year old (new convert) who happily stuff our faces (bliss)!

Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies

Every year I make my own mince pies as it’s a Christmassy thing to do plus if I am to consume a lot of calories, they must be worth it!

This year after my pastry recipe alterations, I could not be happier! Dare I say I absolutely nailed it! Some more butter and ground almonds later and here you go Р Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies!

They really are a doddle to make but the little effort you will put in will be rewarded by most crumbly, buttery, slightly almondy parcels of joy you could image! Would love to hear what you think!

Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies

Yield: 12-15


  • 225g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 200g unsalted butter (chilled and cubed)
  • 70g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Quality mince meat of your choice
  • milk for brushing (optional)
  • icing sugar to serve
    shallow tart tray and plain round cutter approx 68mm


  1. Put flour, sugar, salt and ground almonds in your food processor and press pulse button few times to combine.
  2. Add cubes of chilled butter and mix until texture starts resembling breadcrumbs. Add egg yolk and keep mixing until the dough comes together almost in a ball.
  3. Take it out onto the kitchen counter and flatten into a disc, cover in cling film and chill for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. If you don't have food processor simply mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, add chilled, cubed butter and mix with your fingers until you get to crumbs like consistency. Add egg yolk and keep on mixing with your hands until dough starts coming together. Flatten it into a disc, cover in cling film and chill as above.
  5. Butter shallow tart tray and preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.
  6. Roll out your pastry on a floured surface and cut out 12 rounds which you then press into each hole in your tart tray. Make sure you press gently on the sides of each pastry round to get rid of any air bubbles. Cut out another 12 rounds that will serve as lids.
  7. Put approx 1 heaped tsp of mince meat in the centre of each of the pastry cases and cover these with the remaining pastry rounds pressing gently on the edges to seal.
  8. Brush gently with some milk and using sharp knife make two tiny vents on the top of each pie.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
  10. Let the pies cool in a tray for a few minutes which will make them easier to remove. Pop them onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve dusted with icing sugar or however your heart desires!
  11. Enjoy!


Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies

If you are a fun of lovely buttery pastry take a look at my Best Buttery Apple Pie with a Twist, it is to die for.

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Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies

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  • Reply Jenny Paulin

    ooooh these sound very nice indeed! I adore mince pies too ad have often eaten them for breakfast over the festive period (even with clotted cream on Christmas morning!).Yours look so melt in the mouth too -perfect.
    thank you for linking to #Bakeoftheweek x

    December 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Corina Blum

    I love buttery crumbly pastry and these sound perfect! In our house we all like mince pies and so would love these. Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    December 14, 2017 at 6:30 am
  • Reply becca farrelly

    Ooh these look lovely and I love the almond twist to them! I have never made mince pies myself but we make Christmas cake, stollen and a gingerbread house every year. I would love to give these a go! ūüôā


    December 14, 2017 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Karen, the next best thing to mummy

    I will definitely be trying these #brillb!ogs@_karendennis
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    December 14, 2017 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Jacqui

    Oh how lovely almond pastry is so delicious

    December 16, 2017 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    Ooh I love the sound of these – melt in the mouth mince pies! Yes please! I’m a huge fan of mince pies too and I completely agree pastry has to be lovely and buttery and crumbly! Delicious! Thank you so much for linking up with #BakingCrumbs Jo :=D
    Angela x
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    December 17, 2017 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Cat

    These sound delicious, I love almonds with mincemeat x
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    December 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm
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