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Christmas tutorial: Mince Pies

Ready for Christmas? With this scrummy Mince Pie recipe you certainly will be! Have a go at making these festive treats and don’t forget to share your creations with us on social media by tagging @CalderdaleCollege #TeamCalderdale.


For the pastry

  • 375g  plain flour
  • 250g butter
  • 125g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 medium free-range egg

For the filling

  • 2 x 400g/14oz jars mincemeat


  • 2 tangerines, zest grated and flesh chopped
  • 1 apple, finely diced



  1. Lightly butter a 12-hole pie or patty tin. Tip the mincemeat into a bowl and stir so that the liquid is evenly distributed. 
  2. Rub the butter, flour and sugar together. Slowly add the egg and bring together to form the pastry. 
  3. Bring the mixture together with your hands, wrap in clingfilm and chill for an hour or so. Thinly roll out the pastry on a floured surface. Cut out 12 circles with a fluted pastry cutter, large enough to fill the base of the prepared tin. Press gently into each hole, then fill with the mincemeat. 
  4. Cut out another 12 slightly smaller discs and use to cover the mincemeat. Press the edges together to seal. Make a small slit in the top of each, then brush lightly with milk. Chill for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200ºC. 
  5. Bake the pies for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and serve warm. 

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