Best sweet pastry Ingredients; • 300g plain flour • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder • 50g caster sugar • 75g softened unsalted butter • 75g Trex (shortening) • 1 egg yolk • ice cold water • mincemeat Method; • Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar into a bowl. • Add the chopped butter and Trex and rub with your fingers until it turns into fine crumbs. • Beat the egg yolk and add the ice cold water until it measures 75ml. • Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a butter knife until well combined. • Knead the dough very briefly until it is smooth. • Wrap the dough in cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 30 mins. • Preheat the oven to 200c. • Grease a 12 hole pie tin (the holes are not as deep as a muffin tin, however you can use one of these, but you may need more pastry and you pies will be deeper) • Take the dough out of the fridge and on a lightly floured surface roll it out until it is thin (about 2-3mm). • Cut out circles with a cutter that are bigger than the hole, and press very gently into the tin. • Add a spoonful of mincemeat into each pie. • Brush the rim of the pastry with milk or beaten egg. • Add a lid and brush that with the milk or egg yolk, cut a small slit into each pie and sprinkle over some sugar. • Bake for 15-20 mins until they are golden brown on top. • Leave to cool.
"Mince pie recipe"