Christmas Almond Banana Mincemeat Pies


For the pastry

  • 200g/7oz plain flour, sifted
  • 25g/1oz ground almonds
  • 100g/4oz butter
  • 50g/2oz icing sugar, sifted
  • Finely grated rind of ½ lemon
  • 1 medium egg yolk
  • 3 – 4 tbsp. milk or cold water

For the filling

  • 2 bananas, peeled and finely chopped
  • 275g/10oz mincemeat
  • To Decorate
  • A little icing sugar, sifted


Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Serves: Makes 18 pies

  1. In a food processor bowl put the flour, almonds, butter, icing sugar and lemon rind together and blitz until the mixture forms crumbs. Turn the mixture into a bowl. Mix the egg yolk and water. Add to the dry ingredients. With lightly floured hands draw the mixture together to form a soft but not sticky dough. Cover with cling film and chill for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5 Lightly grease 2 bun tins.
  3. Roll out the pastry thinly on a floured surface. Select a cutter a little larger than the top of the bun tins and cut out two circles for each mince pie.
  4. Fit the bottom circle in the tins. Mix the banana into the mincemeat and generous 1 tsp. into each pie.
  5. Dampen the edges of the pastry and seal the pastry tops in place. Make a hole in the centre of each pie. Bake for 12 –15 minutes or until pale golden brown. Cool a little before lifting out onto a cooling rack. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.