Buttery pastry, plus juicy, fruity filling equals a tradition to set the mouth watering. We’ve highlighted a few ways to get creative with your mince pies this Christmas.
Our tips are courtesy of the expert tasting panel from our 2019 mince pie taste test. Their recommendations include simple yet tasty pairings as well as unique dessert creations.
1. Warm mince pies in the oven
When the craving hits, it might be tempting to munch a mince pie straight from the pack. But taking a few minutes to heat it up in the oven beforehand will bring out the flavour and crisp up the pastry.
2. Add some spice
Our tasting panel thought some of the mince pies they tried lacked spice. So for a simple boost, combine 30g of icing sugar with a teaspoon of cinnamon, ginger or mixed spice, and sieve over warmed mince pies before serving.
Making your own lets you add just the level of spice you like to the mix. Find out how to make the best mince pies with tips from baking experts.
3. Grate stilton cheese on top
Try grating or crumbling a little stilton over the top of mince pies before serving. It may sound a tad unusual, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
4. Eat with mulled ginger wine
Enjoy mince pies alongside a glass of mulled ginger wine for added festive flavour.
If you’ve got a slow cooker, it can make a breeze of mulled wine and other festive drinks – take a look at the recipes in our guide on how to make slow cooker mulled wine.
5. Give bread and butter pudding a festive twist
Add mince pie filling to this warming winter dessert to give a fruity flavour boost.
6. Add to affogato
For a unique dessert, top a hot mince pie with affogato (ice cream with a shot of hot espresso).
7. Make mince pie ice cream
Crumble mince pies into vanilla ice cream, refreeze and serve with hot toffee sauce.
Take a look at our full round-up of foodie tips and taste tests for this Christmas and New Year, from the best bubbles on offer to how to roast the perfect turkey.