1 quantity home-made pastry
1 heaped tbsp mincemeat
(see How To make mince pies in the Know How section for the recipes)
(sh) For the meringue
2 large free-range egg whites
A pinch of salt
125g caster sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Thinly roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Press out 12 circles with a 7-8cm cutter and use to line a 12-hole mince pie or bun tin. Prick the bases with a fork and fill with scrunched foil. Blind bake for 10 minutes.
2. Remove the foil and spoon 1 heaped tbsp mincemeat into each pastry case and warm for 5 minutes in the oven.
3. Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites and a pinch of salt to medium peaks in a mixer, then gradually add the sugar. Whisk until stiff and glossy.
4. Dollop the meringue onto the pies and bake for 3-4 minutes, until lightly golden. Makes 12.