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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy mince pies alongside a glass of mulled ginger wine for added festive flavour.
Add mince pie filling to this warming winter dessert to give a fruity flavour boost.
For a unique dessert, top a hot mince pie with affogato (ice cream with a shot of hot espresso).
Crumble mince pies into vanilla ice cream, refreeze and serve with hot toffee sauce.