Joy’s Joyful Mince Pies: How to make Uniting resident Joy’s Christmas mince pies

Joy’s Joyful Mince Pies: How to make Uniting resident Joy’s Christmas mince pies

While many of us avoid slaving over a hot stove – or oven – at Christmas; for others, baking is part of what makes Christmas ‘the most wonderful time of the year’.

That’s why we have called upon our residents to share their secrets to a gourmet Christmas, with Trish sharing her tips for a perfect trifle and Kaye indulging us with her famous pavlova.

Unlike Trish and Kaye who opt for fresh and fruity Christmas desserts to suit the warmer weather, this time Joy prefers the European tradition of Christmas baking – and is particularly known for her “very good” mince pies.

“The smell of mince pies cooking reminds me of Christmas,” says Joy. “If I can smell mince pies, it’s a very happy occasion.”

“Mince pies have a special memory for me, because my grandmother used to make them. And nothing ever went wrong with her cooking.”

“It seemed somehow this was her appointed role. She made most of the mince pies. That’s why I used to enjoy it so much – because I liked my grandmother very much.”

Joy sits in her easy chair and tastes one of her mince pies.

Joy enjoying one of her mince pies.

Joy’s joyful mince pies

Baking in itself can be an act of love. Mindfully prepared in advance, taking the time to deliberate over the perfect pastry can be a moment of quiet meditation in the midst of the silly season.

Shopping list

  • Short-crust pastry
  • Mince pie mixture
  • Beaten egg for egg wash
  • Sugar


For a quick, easy and delicious version, purchase frozen pastry and fruit mince from your local supermarket.

  • Step 1: Cut pastry to size to fit tart shells and bake ‘til golden
  • Step 2: While pastry is baking, use a biscuit cutter to cut more pastry into discs large enough to cover the tarts (use a Christmas tree cutter for a festive topping).
  • Step 3: Spoon minced dried fruit mix into the tarts and cover with the pastry discs, then top with Christmas tree cut-outs.
  • Step 4: Glaze the pies with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar and bake until golden.

For more tips, press play to watch Joy reminisce about Christmas baking.

Want more quick, easy and delicious Christmas recipes?

Do you have a family recipe for festive treat that makes Christmas ‘Christmas’? Tell us in the comments below.

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