Christmas Mince Pie Dough Balls

by Jo

Not everyone loves a mince pie… and not everyone is right. If, like me, you bloody love a mince pie to get you in the Christmas spirit then welcome, welcome. Stay a while, put your feet up and enjoy this tasty little recipe I have in store for you.

Here we’re embracing the mince pie with a twist. We’re swapping pastry for dough. That’s right: mince pie dough Balls. These delicious little beauties deliver delicious Christmas mince pie flavour in soft little dough ball form. They are brushed with melted butter and dusted with icing sugar and have total wow factor for your next Christmas buffet.

Mince Pie Dough Ball Recipe

They’re fun and easy to make and take just 5 minutes to bake. Prep and bake these mince pie dough balls and then pop in the oven just before you want to serve them for maximum impact.

Ingredients

  • Makes 16 mince pie dough balls
  • 150ml warm water (about 30c)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp easy bake yeast
  • 220g white bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Mincemeat for filling
  • Butter and icing sugar to finish

Method

To make your mince pie dough balls begin by prepping the yeast. In a jug mix together the warm water, sugar and yeast and leave somewhere warm for 10 minutes. I like to use the airing cupboard. The mixture will go foamy in the time that it is resting.

In a bowl add the flour and salt, then add the olive oil and water mix and bring together to form a dough. Knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and springy. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm for 20 minutes.

Cut the dough into 16 even pieces. Roll each piece into a thin(ish) disc and place a small teaspoonful of mincemeat in the centre. Gather up the sides of the dough to enclose the mincemeat and twist and pinch to seal the dough ball. Place your mince pie dough ball onto a non stick baking surface (sealed side facing down).

Once all the mince pie dough balls have been created let them sit for 30 minutes and then bake at 230c for 5 minutes.

Once baked brush with melted butter and dust with icing sugar. Enjoy!

Recipe Overview

Mince Pie Dough Balls

The perfect twist on the famous Christmas treat
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Christmas, Dough balls, Mince pie
Servings: 16
Calories: 70kcal
Cost: £3.00

Equipment

  • Weighing scales
  • Jug
  • Bowl
  • Non-stick baking tray

Ingredients

  • 150 ml warm water
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Easy bake yeast
  • 220 g white bread flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Jar of mincemeat
  • Butter and icing sugar for finishing

Instructions

  • In a jug mix together the warm water, sugar and yeast and leave somewhere warm for 10 minutes. The mixture will go foamy in the time that it is resting.
  • In a bowl add the flour and salt, then add the olive oil and water mix and bring together to form a dough.
  • Knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and springy. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm for 20 minutes.
  • Cut the dough into 16 even pieces. Roll each piece into a thin(ish) disc and place a small teaspoonful of mincemeat in the centre. Gather up the sides of the dough to enclose the mincemeat and twist and pinch to seal the dough ball. Place your mince pie dough ball onto a non stick baking surface (sealed side facing down).
  • Once all the mince pie dough balls have been created let them sit for 30 minutes and then bake at 230c for 5 minutes.
  • Once baked brush with melted butter and dust with icing sugar. Best enjoyed warm from the oven.

Mince pie with a twist

I absolutely love a mince pie. The taste, the tradition, the nostalgia… they’re a total joy to eat in my opinion! I’ve always preferred the traditional pastry mince pie cold rather than warmed up. But in dough ball form I cannot get enough of them fresh from the oven, brushed with hot butter and dusted with icing sugar.

My mince pie dough ball recipe maintains all the qualities of the wonderful mince pie but gives it a twist that will still be a real crowd pleaser.

How long do they keep for?

This mince pie dough ball recipe is absolutely best enjoyed mega fresh. Just warm from the oven will be the best experience of enjoying these. I recommend prepping the dough balls and then baking just before you want to serve them. They only take 5 minutes to cook so there’s minimal waiting around to enjoy them.

They could still be enjoyed for the next 24 hours but after that they will likely go stale and not taste their best. Soft and fresh dough balls are the best dough balls!

What mincemeat to use?

For best results you’ll want a mincemeat with lots of filling and not so much liquid. More liquidy mincemeats will make your mince pie dough balls prone to leaking. It doesn’t have to be mega expansive posh mincemeat, just do a little reading on the reviews before you buy.

The importance of fresh ingredients

A quick note on this – because I learned the hard way when developing this recipe that flour can go off! Make sure your bread flour and yeast is fresh and in-date or you will end up with tough dough that doesn’t rise properly… and that doesn’t make for delicious dough balls. I’ve been really impressed with Allison products recently.

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