I can't remember where I found this recipe - I think it may be a Jamie Oliver. My Dad only invites me for Christmas if I promise to make these!
Rub butter into flour with fingertips until you have a crumbly mixture
Add almonds, sugar, orange zest and salt and mix together with fingertips
Add egg yolk and water, bring all together and knead into a soft dough
Put in a plastic bag and put in the fridge for 30 minutes
Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface nice and thin (but still thick enough that it doesn't tear)
Cut out 18 holes and place each one into a greased mince pie tin.
Spoon mincemeat into each cup (don't overfill or it'll leak over in the oven - a level tsp or a little less should be plenty)
Cut out star/Christmas tree/holly shapes from the remaining dough and place on top.
Brush each mince pie with the beaten egg (this gives the pies a nice golden glaze) and put in a preheated oven at 180 for 12-15 mins (keep a close eye on them, they cook quickly and burn easily!)
After they've cooled, lightly sieve some icing sugar over them if you want to
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