These Mince Pie Pops are so much fun to make (and eat!) and make the most adorable Christmas gifts for friends and neighbours!
Today, we are talking CHRISTMAS! All you naysayers and ‘it’s only November’ers’ can leave the room right now. As all you homemade gift lovers know, you have to get ahead of the game when it comes to making your own Christmas pressies.
So let’s ride this festive wave. I have a GIGANTIC list of foodie gifts that I have been meaning to make forever, and this year… I AM ON IT! You guys, this blog is about to be bombarded by the Mother Load of fun, edible, pretty, useful or just downright cute homemade gifts.
I’ve already updated and republished a couple of old recipe that are stunning, but whose photos were… well, the exact opposite. So if you’re new here go check out my Hot Mulled Scrumpy Cider and Cinnamon Dusted Dried Apple Rings. You’ll also find these scrummy Homemade Candied Orange Peels, which taste so much better than anything you can buy.
You’ll find all my DIY and Foodie Gifts here, so go have a rummage in my archives, and feel free to keep checking back for the latest foodie offerings in the run up to crimbo :)
Back to the Mince Pie Pops…
I live in the middle of nowhere so have never had a carol singer (trick or treater, or a Jehovah Witness that for matter) knock on my door. But if I did, I could think of nothing better than to offer them one of these mince pie pops along with their glass of mulled wine.
I may be wrong, but I believe that mince pies are a very British thing. Made of ‘mincemeat’ those not in the know would assume that they contain meat. Please relax, they don’t. ‘Mincemeat’ as opposed to ‘minced meat’ is a festive, fruity blend of sultanas, mixed peel, suet, booze and spices that is used to make mince pies, the epitome of Christmas snacks. Suet is another very British ingredient, traditionally being made from clarified beef fat. If you are vegetarian, be sure to look for a veggie version, or make your own.
Mince Pie Pops
First up, roll out the pastry and cut out your shapes. I’ve gone for stars but let your imagination run riot (and tag me in photos please!). Brush with an egg wash, press in a cake pop stick and add a teaspoon of mincemeat.
Press around the edge with your fingers, then crimp with a fork to seal the edges. This fork action magically turns them into snowflakes :)
Brush with more egg wash, sprinkle with brown sugar and bake to perfection.
Giving this recipe a go? Please let me know how you get on in the comments below and shout if you have any questions.
- 250g shortcrust pastry at room temperature
- a little plain flour
- 1 jar mincemeat
- 1 egg, beaten for eggwash
- a little brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 180/350/gas 4.
Sprinkle a little flour onto the work surface, then roll out the pastry.
Using a star cutter, cut out double the number of pastry shapes as you want to make mince pie pops (ie each pop uses two pastry shapes)
Brush egg wash over half of the pastry shapes, using a pastry brush.
Lay a cake pop (or paper lollipop) stick on to the egg washed shapes and press gently.
Spoon about a teaspoon of mincemeat onto the centre of each shape, leaving the edges clear and clean.
Lay the top pastry shape onto each pie pop, and gently press the edges together. Carefully work around each pop with the prongs of a fork to crimp the edges together.
Brush the top of each pop with egg wash and sprinkle with a little brown sugar.
Move each pop to a baking sheet that has been dusted lightly with flour. Bake in the pre heated oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until the pops are golden brown and smelling delicious!
When cooked, let cool on a baking rack until either cool enough to eat.
If wrapping to give as gifts, be sure to let completely cool first.