Viva!’s Mince Pies

This is our wonderful mince pie recipe – enjoy making your own pastry or take the cheatin’ option using a ready-made!

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  • vegan-desserts


  • Makes 36 pies using small bun tins (6cm/21⁄2 inches across the top).
  • Makes fewer if you use larger bun tins, but you will need to use larger cookie cutters for linings and lids.


  • 350g/12oz plain flour
  • 90g/3oz white vegetable fat eg Trex (NB WhiteFlora isn’t vegan)
  • 90g/3oz vegan margarine, eg Pure, Biona, Suma, Vitalite, Tesco Free From
  • Pinch salt
  • Cold water – 2-3 tbsp
  • OR 500g ready-made vegan plain pastry, defrosted and rolled out as Stage 6


  • 700g/1½ lb vegan mincemeat
  • Soya or almond milk to glaze


1. Make pastry in advance. Add the sieved flour, margarine, white fat, salt and water to a food processor. Give it a quick whizz – a couple of seconds.

2. Remove the lid and check the texture with cool fingers – run them under the cold tap before touching pastry. If it looks like it will form a ball of pastry easily, remove. If not, add 1 tbsp water and whizz again for a second or two. Remember, too much water makes pastry hard, so go easy!

3. Remove, form into a ball and place in plastic bag. Wrap up and put in the fridge for 20-30 mins.

4. Pre-heat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.

5. Grease tins.

6. With cool hands, roll just over half of it to about 3mm/1⁄8 inch thick.

7. Use each half to make 36 large circles and 36 smaller, using the cookie cutters. You will need to gather up pastry scraps and re-roll to make them all.

8. Line each hole with the larger pastry rounds.

9. Fill each one with mincemeat – not too much, to just below the pastry edge.

10. Dampen each lid a little with cold water. Press them on top, sealing the edges.

11. Brush each one with a little soya milk. Using a knife or scissors, make 2 little snips on the top.

12. Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until they are light golden brown.

13. Cool them and then sprinkle with sieved icing sugar.

14. Store in an airtight container – they can be re-warmed before serving.

Optional extras / notes

1 hour


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