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Meringue Mince Pies

These unusual meringue topped mince pies are a gorgeous twist on this traditional Christmas treat. This tempting recipe comes from McCarthy Stone homeowner Avril.

Meringe Mince Pies
Posted 05 December 2022
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Prep: 30-40mins Cook: 35mins


For the shortcrust pastry

  • 6 oz plain flour
  • 3 oz cold butter
  • Cold water

For the filling

  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 oz of mincemeat
  • 3 oz soft brown sugar


To make the pastry

  1. Blend the cold butter and flour into a breadcrumb consistency
  2. Add cold water and bind together gently with cold hands
  3. Rest for 20 mins in the fridge before rolling
  4. Roll out and use a pastry cutter to create the pastry cases
  5. Blind bake the cases at gas mark 6, fan oven 180°c for 10 mins

To fill each pastry tart

  1. Place a teaspoon of mincemeat in each pastry case
  2. Whisk the egg whites until they make soft peaks
  3. Add the sugar a spoonful at a time while still mixing until the meringue is soft and glossy
  4. Pipe the meringue on top of the mincemeat and return to the oven (at a lower temperature)
  5. Bake at gas mark 3, fan oven 160°c for 20-25 mins
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