Today I’m sharing my budget homemade mince pies which are totally amazing if I do say so myself! They might not look like works of art but they’re easy to make, don’t cost a fortune and taste delicious!
I have a recipe for super easy sweet pastry which you can find here but for today’s homemade mince pies I cheated and used some ready rolled sweet pastry that I picked up in the Tesco reduced section a couple of weeks ago for 39p. This actually works out cheaper than my homemade sweet pastry when you work it out and if you want to cut corners and save some time then ready made pastry is always a good option.
How cheap can you make homemade mince pies for?
Based on the fact I used a jar and a half of ready-made mincemeat (£1 a jar) and 1 roll of ready rolled pastry, my 18 ‘homemade’ mince pies cost me £1.89 to make which works out at 10p per mince pie. And even if you were to buy the pastry full price at £1.30 then it would cost you around 15p per mince pie.
Based on the current prices at Tesco, which I chose because that’s where I bought the reduced pastry from, the cost of homemade pastry would be around £1.06 although you’d probably have most things in so wouldn’t really need to buy them. That’s based on flour (18p), butter (66p), sugar (6p) and egg yolk (16p) and would make each mince pie come out at around 14p.
How to make budget homemade mince pies!
Your choice of pastry
1-2 jars of mincemeat
Pre-heat your oven to 180 c
- Use a cookie cutter with a fancy frilly edge (or just the rim of a glass) and cut out 18 circles from your pastry.
- Line your baking pan with the rounds and top with a spoonful of mincemeat.
- For some of the pies, I used a pizza cutter to easily slice the leftover pastry into thin strips and I just lay them over the top of the pie trying to squidge it down at the edges to stick it in. The others I just used a small Christmas cookie cutter to cut out a Christmassy shape to put on the top of the pies.
- Then just pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until they’re golden.
- I overfilled quite a few of mine but all was good as the icing sugar you dust over them just before serving covers up most imperfections.
Enjoy with a cup of tea or a glass of sherry, just like my nana used to!
For a less festive alternative, you could use some of my windfall applesauce in place of the mincemeat which would taste amazing.
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