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Frangipane Mince Pies

This frangipane mince pie recipe makes luxurious a change from a traditional Christmas mince pie and comes from McCarthy Stone homeowner, Barbara.

Frangipane Mince Pies
Posted 05 December 2022
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Prep: 45mins Cook: 20mins


For the pastry

  • 8oz / 200g plain flour
  • 4oz / 100g butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons of icing sugar

For the frangipane

  • 3oz / 75g butter, softened
  • 3 oz / 75g castor sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 oz / 75g ground almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond essence

For the filling

  • Half a jar of mincemeat
  • Few drops of almond essence
  • A few flaked almonds for the top ( optional )


To make the pastry

  1. Make the pastry by rubbing in the butter to the flour
  2. Stir in icing sugar
  3. Mix egg with 2 tablespoons of cold water and add to the
  4. dry ingredients
  5. Mix together with a knife until it binds together into a ball. Knead lightly
  6. Cover with cling film and leave to rest in a cool place for
  7. at least 30 mins

To make the frangipane

  1. Beat all the ingredients together until well blended

To make the mince pies

  1. Roll out the pastry and line patty tins
  2. Put 1 teaspoon of mincemeat into each and top with a
  3. generous teaspoon of frangipane
  4. Sprinkle a few flaked almonds on top if liked
  5. Bake in pre- heated oven 180 C fan or Gas 6 for 15 to 20 mins
  6. Turn the oven down towards the end , if the tops are getting too brown
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