No Christmas is complete without delicious Mince Pies. Festive moods are elevated by the buttery pastry filled with seasonal spiced fruit and maybe even a mulled wine on the side! This journal shares our Fashion Marketer Maddy’s family recipe, that puts a slight twist on the classic treat. While they remain traditional, this recipe has orange pastry, cut out stars and a dollop of cream cheese pocketed underneath. These flavours really help balance out the sweetness of the fruit, creating a creamy and indulgent treat.


For the Pastry:

  • 8 oz Butter
  • 4 oz Lard
  • 1 lb Plain Flour
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Orange
  • Water if necessary

Mince Pie Filling:

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 oz Caster Sugar
  • 1 lb Mincemeat
  • Milk to Glaze
  • Icing Sugar to Decorate



  1. Preheat the oven to 220 C / Gas Mark 7 / 425 F
  2. Begin with the pastry by rubbing the fats and the flour together until it replicates the appearance of breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the rind and juice until it forms a pastry dough. Add a little water if the juice isn’t quite enough liquid.
  4. Place in the fridge for half an hour to rest.
  5. While the pastry is resting, beat the cream cheese and the sugar together until smooth. Place this to the side for now.
  6. Once your pastry has rested, roll it out to 3mm thick and begin to cut out circles that would perfectly fit into the bottom of a cupcake tin. You can also begin to cut out stars that are the same size as each round of the tin, this will act as a lid for each mince pie.
  7. Place each circle into your tin to create a case for your pies and fill each one with mincemeat. Once each have been filled you can move onto adding a blob of cream cheese on top of each filled pie.
  8. Dampen the edges of each pie and top them off with your orange pastry stars.
  9. Brush each with milk and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Once baked, allow them to cool inside the tin before removing.
  11. Once they’re all cooled and removed, decorate with a sprinkle of icing sugar and serve with your favourite festive beverage whether it’s a spiced apple juice or a mulled wine!



Let us know if you like the sound of this recipe and if you’ll be trying it this year yourself in the comments below…