Cooking & Baking/ Holidays

Mince Pies

It’s just not Christmas weather outside and I also really dislike Christmas is over the weekend. I don’t know how things are your end, but it feels like we have to squeeze Christmas in this year. Even the supermarkets are open on the 26th. But I’m trying my best to be in a festive mood and these mince pies help along the way.

Mince Pies

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Serves: 12 pies Cooking Time: -


  • Ingredients for the filling
  • 500 gr apples (Jonagold or Pink Lady)
  • 250 gr currants
  • 100 gr dried cranberries
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 500 ml of organic apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ingredients for the dough
  • 375 gr flour
  • 260 gr (cold) unsalted butter
  • 125 gr white caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 12 aluminium ramekins



Cut the apples into small pieces. Mix the apples, currants and cranberries in a saucepan. Add the apple juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla extract and orange zest and cover the pan with the lid. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, make sure to stir. Add more of the apple juice, if necessary, to the mixture to keep it moist and juicy. Simmer for another 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool.


Knead all ingredients for the dough in a food processor until you have a ball. If you don't have a food processor, then knead the dough with your hands in a large bowl. Push the ball flat, wrap in plastic foil and let the dough 30 minutes cool in a refrigerator.


Preheat the oven to 200°C.


Remove the dough from the refrigerator.


Dust a smooth surface with flour and roll out the dough about 2 mm thick. Use a bowl which is just slightly larger as the aluminium baking dishes and cut out circles from the dough. Push them into the aluminium ramekins. Scoop the fruit mixture into the ramekins and cover with a star cut out of the dough.


Bake the pies for 15-20 minutes in the oven.


Let the pies cool slightly and dust with powdered sugar.

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  • Melanie
    21/12/2015 at 13:59

    Would it lift your Christmas spirit if I told you I checked the calendar and it’s not on the weekend but Thursday and Friday?;-)

    • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      21/12/2015 at 14:30

      Oh dear Melanie, in The Netherlands we don’t really celebrate Christmas eve. We celebrate Christmas day on the 25th (Friday) and second Christmas day on the 26th (Saturday). As it’s over the weekend we also celebrate on the 27th and Monday it’s back to work. So we only have the Friday off 🙁

  • Claire Robinson
    22/12/2015 at 09:09

    I do think we need some much colder festive weather! This mildness is just not Christmas… But mince pies do always help. Or in our house festive pies, as however much I would like to I don’t like mince pies. Yours do look yum!