Christmas recipe #8: chocolate orange mince pies

December 21, 2012
Author: Tom

Winter festival at the Eden Project: 23 Nov 2012 – 6 Jan 2013

This year we're publishing a series of Christmas recipes for the delicious biscuits and cakes that we're serving up in the Eden Bakery over the festive period for our Time of Gifts winter festival.

Chocolate mince pie and bowl of clementines


Makes 6

  • 280g plain flour
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 5g salt
  • 200g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 500g mincemeat
  • 50g orange juice
  • 20g orange zest


  1. Mix the flour, icing sugar, cocoa powder and salt together in a bowl. Mix in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Stir in the eggs until the mixture comes together in clumps (you may need to a little cold water).
  3. Knead the dough briefly until smooth, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for one hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.
  5. Mix the mincemeat, orange zest and juice together in a bowl.
  6. Remove the pastry from the fridge, and roll out to a thickness of 0.5cm/¼in. Using a 7.5cm/3in fluted cutter, stamp out 12 discs from the pastry and use them to line a 12-hole bun tin. Fill each hole with two teaspoons of the mincemeat mixture and brush the edges with a little milk.
  7. Using a 6cm/2½in fluted cutter, cut out 12 circles and use them to top the mince pies, pressing the edges together with your fingertips. Re-roll any remaining pastry and cut out snowflakes or star shapes to decorate the top. Brush the top of each mince pie with beaten egg and gently place the decorations on top, then brush again with egg.
  8. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked through.

Visit Eden this winter for late opening, ice skating, lantern parades, live music and craft workshops.

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