Tarts (and Mince Pies)

Posted on December 17, 2009


Okay, okay I relented and made some mince pies. I didn’t want to as I don’t like mincemeat, but my name was down to make a couple o’ dozen for the school carol service so I had to bite the bullet and bake some for the first time…EVER!

Here they are looking festive with some holly out of the garden. I must admit that it has made me venture out and try a new pastry recipe. I’m living on the edge, me. I tried the first batch out on the family at the Weekend and they seemed to go down well.

Said pastry is now my favourite as it is sweet, crispy and very short. It dawns on me how sad that sounds to have a ‘favourite pastry recipe’ but such is the life of the Domestic Princess. I even put edible glitter on them too, not much escapes the glitter round here at the moment.

Tart Pastry – this makes 24+ tarts (or 15 Mince Pies)

  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 100g SR Flour (or you use all Plain Flour with 1/4 tsp baking powder)
  • 50g Icing Sugar
  • 175g Fat – Mainly butter but with a little lard to shorten it
  • 1 egg whisked with a dash of milk (you may not need all of it)
  1. Mix the flours and icing sugar then lightly rub in the butter and lard.
  2. Add most of the milk/egg mixture and stir with a knife until it starts to come together.
  3. Pull the dough into a ball and wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes or so.
  4. Roll out so it’s slightly thicker than a pound coin.
  5. Cut and place pastry circles in a non-stick bun tin.
  6. Add a teaspoonful of jam or mincemeat, don’t overfill as the jam bubbles up.
  7. Add lids or pastry shapes on top. You can glaze with a little beaten egg if you like.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 180-190 degrees.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then lift them out with a butter knife and cool on a rack.

I made triple amounts of the above  for the carol service, so I have now frozen some ready for emergency tart requirements at some later date. The remainder I put in the fridge and has been used to make a lovely apple pie and also some jam tarts for George’s school party this afternoon.

PS. I do items 1 and 2 in the magimix. The mix will be very soft but just pull the crumbs together.

Ho Ho Ho. Merry Christmas.