DISHES
by Paul Hollywood

These deep and crumbly mince pies are so simple and delicious. The secret to Paul's mince pie recipe is to jazz up shop-bought mincemeat with a little extra fruit and zest. (No soggy bottoms, please.)

Equipment and preparation: You will need a deep muffin mould with 12 holes, a round pastry cutter and a fluted pastry cutter.

Cakes and baking

Buyer's guide

There are many varieties of mincemeat in the shops now, and most are suitable for vegetarians but do check the label. You can always customise a jar of mincemeat by adding citrus zest (oranges and clementines work well), alcohol like brandy, sloe gin or ginger wine, or extra fresh fruit like finely chopped apple or orange.

Storage

Mince pies, once baked, will keep for a few days in an air-tight tin but the bottoms may become soggy. You can make the pastry ahead and freeze it for up to a month so it's ready to roll when you are. Baked mince pies will also freeze fairly well. Just make sure they are piping hot before you serve them.

Preparation

Reheat mince pies in an oven preheated to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6 for 10-15 minutes.