Its Not Christmas Without Mince Pies !!!

Mince Pies Gluten Free and Vegan

Nothing in Britain speaks more to you of a festive treat as a Mince Pie

For those of you reading and from afar, please don’t walk away this is a sweet mince pie , with not one bit of meat to be seen

Full of dried fruit in cooked in spices and booze, encased in a crumbly shortcrust pastry, they are the most delicious of morsels that hit the spot of festive baking

Of course in the 12th Century they where made meat and resembled nothing like they are now, they where rectangular. That’s until those sweet toothed Victorians got there hands on them and we get what we have today !!!

But we shoot forward to now, we’ve dropped the meat, added the booze but still kept the spices that The Crusaders brought back with the many moons ago .

History lesson over for this week !!!!

Right now to the bake ….. yep its pastry , every Gluten Free bakers nemesis πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Shortcrust Pastry is not pastry what that those over the pond strive for….they strive, nay obsess with flaky pastry ( I see it with my own eyes in my baking group πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚……. sorry ladies and Darryl but well it is one of the most prized possessions )

With shortcrust pastry we are looking for buttery and crumbley………(oh god butter , double whammy coming for me )

So I needed to think what to do to achieve this, ermmmm after many failed bakes of different reasons, and then even more bakes to check this recipe is consistent and fool proof, I eventually came up with a recipe that well just works.

So we’ve xanthan for stretch, block vegan butter ( DO NOT USE SPREAD IT DOESNT WORK ) and as the egg yolk sub , egg yolk is a standard in rich shortcrust I am using apple sauce !!!!

NOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!! I can here you scream WHYYYYYYYYY????????????????? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Because it works!!!! You don’t add to much moisture and end up with tough pasty it sticks everything together and its easy to explain

You can use a jar of ready made apple sauce or make your own using some cooking apples and a little water….. I don’t really care 😜😜😜 obviously I’ve opted for homemade but please make sure if you do make your own that it’s cold !!!! Make it the day before and leave it in the fridge

I have chosen to do this in my stand mixer its made the best and most consistence job, no worrying about to warm hands or cold in my case and I can get the same results no matter on my hand temperature

I’m sure you could do the rubbing in with your hand method but I’ve not tried it but feel free, if it looks the same as my pictures you are doing it right !!!I think

Now this year Im taking it easy on you, you can use a jar of mincemeat, just make sure it fits your dietary requirements

But of course you can make your own, here’s a similar recipe to my own because i cant be bothered this year to show you how !!!! πŸ™ŠThat’s next years post πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Of course you can search a the internet for something similar that takes your fancy !!!

If you are after Gluten Free Vegan Suet I use Suma which is actually vegan too

You will also require a shallow tart / bun tin, not a muffin tin similar to this, and we all know how most bakers love a tin purchase πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ so I’m happy to help your tin growth

I think I’ve covered everything , there are a couple of variations for decoration but to be honest for me this post is not only about the Pie its about the pastry

Lets Bake 😜😜😜😜😜

Its Christmas !!!!!!

Mince Pies GF, DF V

Crumbly Shortcrust Pastry Pies filled with traditional Sweet mincemeat filling

This recipe makes a minimum of 10 Pies can be doubled or halved depending on how many you can eat !!
Suitable for freezing , defrost at room temperature and re heat either in the oven for 5 minutes at or microwave for 10 seconds and enjoy


  • 300 g Gluten Free Plain Flour ( If not using own blend I recommend Dove Farm UK or Pilsbury US
  • 150 g Fridge Cold Vegan Butter Block not Spread ( Stork Block UK or Earth Balance US )
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum ( omit if your blend contains it )
  • 50 g Apple Sauce ( either jarred or homemade )
  • 3/4 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 jar of Sweet Gluten Free or Vegan Mince Meat
  • 2 tbps of Caster or Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tbsp of Soya Milk


  1. Add Flour , Baking Powder, Xanthan ( if using ) in a bowl with a whisk until Incorporated in Stand Mixer Bowl
  2. Cut Butter into even pieces and toss in flour
  3. Place mix in stand mixer ON LOW setting until it looks like breadcrumbs as shown in the picture . Stir with a spoon or spatula to break any large clumps at the bottom of the bowl
  4. Weight out the apple sauce and add to the breadcrumb mix
  5. Juice the lemon and add to the breadcrumb mix……3/4 tsp
  6. Mix on low until the dough starts to come together and looks like this
  7. Set Oven at 160 C fan / 180 C / 360 F
  8. Turn dough out onto a sheet of clingfilm, big enough to wrap the dough,
  9. Wrap Dough. Push the dough it into a disc and place in fridge for one hour
  10. Take out of fridge unwrap and place onto a lightly floured piece of parchment , cut into 2/3rd , take a piece of cling film and place over the top ready to roll the dough
  11. Roll out using a rolling pin to 3mm thick
  12. Choose appropriate sizes cutters for your pan as seen in the picture one needs to be slightly bigger, YES MY PAN IS OLD AND WELL USED ITS NOT DIRTY !!!!
  13. You need the bigger one even if you are topping with a decorative topping

  14. Cut out you desired larger discs, left over scraps can be brought back together and re rolled
  15. Place the discs in the tray and press down gently, if they crack just press the dough back together to smooth the disc back…..dont worry they will be fine you pastry is just a little to cold or too thick
  16. Fill with a heaped teaspoon of mincemeat
  17. Roll out the smaller piece of dough and top the way of your choice
  18. If making full pies dampen the edge with water
  19. Place the lid on the top and press down gently and cut two slits, brush on some soya milk and sprinkle with sugar
  20. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes til golden brown
  21. 20, Enjoy

Now I’m going to say this only once !!!

Once you have made these you will never go back to the commercial that are more than lacking …..well they not in preservatives and chemicals

They can be made in advance, frozen , defrosted and perked up in the oven for 5 minute or a quick zap in the microwave……….delicious warm

I’m so excited about this pastry development I will roll it out in the New Year when I hopefully have some more pictures of general bakes I’ve done with it , for a stand alone post

Of course you can have a cuppa and a Mince pie
Looking all Nigella…… give us a pout 😜😜😜
Sprinkle with Icing sugar and see them sparkle
Shes on that staking again !!! Dam bloggers πŸ™ˆ
If you dont want to make these, you are really missing out on a British Christmas
Excuse fingers !!!! NOT πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #PastryPorn

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Until Next week


Author: clarescauldron

UK first time blogger. Intolerance baking is my passion. Hobbiest but a tad obsessedπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

8 thoughts on “Its Not Christmas Without Mince Pies !!!”

  1. True story, I just tried mincemeat pie last year. The meat in the title is a real deterrent for sure! It sounds awful and for that reason I would shake my head and walk away. Last year I was at a bake sale and no one would bid on the mincemeat pie and always the softie for the underdog I bought it. Well surprise! Nothing but fruit, a little booze, and a lot of spice. Delicious! This is going on my short list of things to try. Thanks for the share!


  2. Wow! Love this recipe. Just made a batch this afternoon and turned it into amazing quiche and both lemon curd and mince pies. Am so amazed that the pastry is actually flaky unlike other gf / df pastry I have tried to make previously. Thank you so much for this, it’s a winner!

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  3. My mom and I used to have a ritual of making our mincemeat together when we stripped the garden of its green tomatoes before a hard frost or freeze. The year I stopped eating red meat and didn’t want to use the suet, we substituted tofu! I worked fine, just melted in to the mincemeat. The next year, we didn’t even bother with the tofu, and that is how we continue tomato it.


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