We love these gluten free mince pies in our house, when we start making them in the first week of December, no sooner mind, then it really starts to feel festive. Tucking into them with a cuppa, or a glass of mulled wine after you’ve put the Christmas tree up.
Making your own is not only healthier, but it’s significantly cheaper (gluten free mince pies average at £2 for 4, as opposed to 99p a packet of 6 non gluten free ones). This begins to add up significantly if you have guest round or like us, enjoy a mince pie a day to the lead up to Christmas. To make they cost roughly about 10p a mince pie – depending on the flours you use of course.
This recipe is adapted from a good ‘ole Jamie Oliver recipe. I’ve been making this one for years. It is still by far my favourite recipe, so easy to make and nut free too which is a bonus for taking them to school or those with a nut allergy (many shop bought Gf mince pies contain almonds).
Tips for even easier mince pie making
If you too are a working parent, a carer or just plain busy, then you’ll need some tips up your sleeve for the fastest and easiest mince pie making.
1 – Make a double batch of pastry and refrigerate it for up to a week after or freeze it for the week after that.
2 – Buy mincemeat from a shop – cheap and easy – though not as healthy of course as shop bought jars are loaded with sugar.
3 – If you make your own Xmas pud, then do a double portion and keep aside a big batch to use in mince pies.
4 – Get the kids to make them – lots of fun
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The kids made them in my regular GF Kids Cooking Club a couple of weeks ago which was a real hit. They loved mixing, rolling, shaping and eating them of course.
The star shape is my favourite but get creative and make your own shapes. My mince pies photo from last year on Instagram is a bit of a hit and continues to get likes throughout the year.
Gluten Free Mince Pie recipe
It is worth noting that this recipe requires the butter to be cold. If it isn’t then the pastry is hard to roll, and gets stuck on your rolling pin and surface. I tend to roll a quarter of he double batch, leaving the rest in the fridge until it’s time to roll that. If it starts sticking, then put it back in the fridge and use the other batch straight from the fridge.
So here it is, the recipe I use to make these wonderful festive tarts. Mince Pies are not to everyones taste, but you know, you could easily turn them into jam tarts. In fact I’ve even put chia jam inside for a healthier treat.
Quick and Simple Gluten Free Mince Pies
- 75 g rice flour
- 40 g tapioca flour
- 40 g chickpea flour
- 70 g unsalted butter, chilled
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1 vanilla pod , split, seeds scraped or 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 grated orange zest
- 100g mincemeat from a jar
- Step 1 Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
- Step 2 Use your fingers to rub in the butter to form breadcrumbs. Mix in the vanilla and orange zest.
- Step 3 Add 2 tablespoons very cold water to the mix, then quickly and gently work it into a dough.
- Step 4 Wrap in clingfilm or a beeswax wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Step 5 Remove the pastry from the fridge.
- Step 6 Place a large sheet of greaseproof paper in front of you, put the chilled dough on top, place another sheet on top and thinly roll out the pastry (this will stop you needing any more flour).
- Step 7 Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4
- Step 8 Grease your pie tin well
- Step 9 Cut out 12 pastry circles, big enough for your tin and 12 star lids (if you don’t have a star cutter, just make round lids).
- Step 10 Place a round in each of the pie moulds, before filling with the fruit and topping with a lid. Brush with a little milk to help them colour.
- Step 11 Bake for 15–20 minutes, until golden.
- Step 12 Allow to cool before taking out of the tins.
- Step 13 Once completely cooled, dust with icing sugar.