As much as I'd love to spend time making my own pastry in reality I just don't have time. So this is the easiest way.
All you need is,
A Jar of good quality Mince meat,
2 shots of Brandy,
A few pinches of caster sugar,
Ready made short curst pastry.
A pinch of flour,
The night before you make the mince pies. Pour all the mince meat and the brandy into a bowl cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
Pre heat the oven to 180C.
Unroll your pastry. Get 2 round cutters. One bigger than the other. The bigger one is to be used as the base and the smaller one for the lid.
Place the bases into a cupcake tray using a tea spoon pop one spoonful of the mince meat into the base and pop the lid on top.
Using a sharp knife prick a hole in the middle of the pastry and sprinkle a small pinch of sugar on top.
The sheet of pastry easily makes 12 mince pies however with the chefs bonus (left over pastry). Make in to a ball and with your pinch of flour roll out and use your cutters again to make a further 3.
I had loads of mince meat left over which seemed a massive shame to throw away. I find this keeps for around 5 days in the fridge and could probably make around 8 to 10 more mince pies.
There you have the easiest home made mince pies ever. They look and taste great.
If you make any please send me a picture via twitter @Katiejaneonline.
Easy Mince Pies - Recipe