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Apricot mince pies

12 December 2018

These special apricot mince pies are full of festive flavour with a fruity twist.

Apricot mince pies
Apricot mince pies

Preparation time

30 minutes

Cooking time

12-15 minutes




  • 100g unsalted buter, at room temperature and cubed, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • 6tsp Bonne Maman Apricot Conserve
  • 6tsp good-quality mincemeat
  • 1 beaten egg to glaze
  • Icing sugar, to dust


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan oven 180°C), gas mark 6. Lightly grease a 12-hole cake tin.

2. Put the flour into a mixing bowl, add the butter and rub into the flour until the mixture is like fine breadcrumbs.

3. Add the mixed spice to the sugar in a pestle and mortar or a strong bowl with the end of a rolling pin and grind together until well mixed and a little powdery. Add this to the flour and butter and stir in.

4. Using a round-bladed palette knife, mix in 3-4 tbsp cold water, stirring until it comes together. Then, with your hands, work the dough gently into a ball, wrap in cling film and allow to rest for about 20 mins.

5. Roll out the pastry thinly on a lightly floured work surface. Stamp out 12 circles with a fluted pastry cutter, slightly larger than cake holes, and press the circles into the tin.

6. Put about 1/2 tsp of apricot conserve into each pastry case, then top with about 1/2 teaspoon of mincemeat.

7. Re-roll the pastry trimmings and cut out 12 smaller circles and put them on top of the mincemeat. Glaze the tops with a little milk or beaten egg, if available, and bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 mins until the pastry is crisp and golden.

8. Cool in the tin for 5 mins, then remove and cool on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to finish.

Our thanks to Bonne Maman for providing this recipe.

Visit our Christmas recipe section for more festive bakes, puds and mains


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