I must admit mince pies aren't my favorite festive treat (and I'm not a fan of Christmas pudding either) but the men in my life, aka my husband and my dad, love them so I baked my first batch last week. I used Paul Hollywood's recipe. His sweet pastry has ground almonds in it and he suggests giving shop bought mincemeat a lift by adding fresh clementine, chopped apple and some orange zest. I also added a splash of brandy for some extra Christmas cheer! The recipe suggests making them in muffin tins so that the mince pies are extra deep with lots of filling. Of course they have to be dusted with icing sugar too – which in my case prevented them from looking like pork pies! The mince pies got a thumbs up and a request for a second batch has been made!