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The best mince pie pastry ever?
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Me and DS are about to have a crack at making these...hope they turn out good..im usually so rubbish at pastry!!!
She used to add some fizzy lemonade when mixing. No idea if that was her 'secret'
One problem though, I stored the few that were left over in a tupperware box and the pastry has gone very soft. I was going to make some on Christmas Eve to take to my parents the next day but am now worried they will just go soft. Help!
Freeze them - this works very well and I have some in my freezer now. If no room then 'refresh' them in the oven - I find a few minutes (5ish) in a medium oven does the job.
Also I store mine in a biscuit tin - rather than tupperware, and I don't find they go soft - maybe that the trick.
I put them on a plate in the microwave and they are usually gone within 24 hours!!
My mother kept a few in an ice cream tub and they saved ok
Is that salted or unsalted butter? Got friends round tonight expecting HM mince pies and mulled wine. Never made them before but thought I'd give yours a go. Wish me luck, one of the guests is a chef, and his wife could be a Michelin inspecter!
I've used this recipe many times and it is really worth doing. I've always used salted butter - I think when Katie Stewart wrote this recipe (back in the 70s) unsalted butter just didn't feature!
Thanks for posting this!
This is the first time I have made pastry since I was at school. It's turned out quite well, but I think I had the mixture a bit too dry. Shame it means I'll just HAVE to make a second batch!
EDITED 6 hours later to add. OMG. I wrote the above just after I turned the pies out of their tins. It's now 6 hours later, the pies are cold and I can't stop eating them.