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Jam pies over mince pies! | The best mince pie alternative

Mince pie alternatives -making jam pies

I’m not the biggest fan of mince pieces, because I don’t particularly like the lumps. Traditional Christmas pudding and Christmas cake aren’t for me either. But I think I’ve found the best mince pie alternative; jam pies. And if you haven’t tried them for yourself, then you need to. What’s more, this simple recipe uses only three ingredients (plus some basic kitchen equipment) and it costs pennies!

Why are jam pies so brilliant?

Not only are jam pies tasty, but they’re also very cheap to make. I tend to make them as a mince pie alternative, but you can eat them all-year-round if you want to.

I first tried them at my friend’s house, when her mum offered me one, with custard as a dessert. I’d never had a jam pie before and I thought the idea was genius!

Jam pies are really simple to make; you only need three ingredients! This means that you can get the children involved too.

Easy jam pies – the recipe

To make 12 jam pieces, you will need:

  • Baking tray
  • Baking paper
  • Cookie cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • 4 ready rolled puff pastry sheets (unless you want to make your own pastry)
  • 12 tablespoons of jam (in a flavour of your choice… I’m a fan of strawberry and raspberry)
  • A small bowl of milk
  • Baking brush, fork and knife

The method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 190C/375F
  • Line the baking tray with baking paper
  • Unroll the dough and use the cookie cutters to create different shapes
  • Add 1 tablespoon of jam into the middle of one of the pastry shapes
  • Brush milk around the edges, then add another shape onto the top and crimp the edges
  • Brush some milk onto the top shape
  • Use a knife to put a slit into the pastry
  • Bake for 25 minutes (until golden brown)
  • Enjoy them either hot or cold

Top tips

1) Regular readers know that I don’t like making my own jam, but I do like using different jams within my pies. I like to mix it up and use a couple of different jam flavours within each jam pie batch that I make.

2) You can eat them hot, or cold. My favourite way to enjoy them is with custard!

3) If you want to make a tart instead, but leave the lid off!

4) Store these in a air-tight container, in the fridge. They should last for about a week.

5) It’s very easy to make this recipe vegan. Just ensure that your ready rolled puff pastry sheets are vegan and use oat film to brush your pies.

Feel free to print the recipe card below!

Mince pie alternatives - jam pies

Jam pies

Jam pies over mince pies! | The best mince pie alternative
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 12
Calories 152 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 baking tray
  • baking paper
  • cookie cutters
  • 1 rolling pin
  • 1 baking brush

Ingredients
  

  • 4 sheets ready rolled puff pastry sheets
  • 12 tbsp jam In a flavour of your choice
  • 1 bowl milk

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 190C/375F
  • Line the baking tray with baking paper
  • Unroll the dough and use the cookie cutters to create different shapes
  • Add 1 jam into the middle of one of the pastry shapes
  • Brush milk around the edges, then add another shape onto the top and crimp the edges
  • Brush some milk onto the top shape
  • Use a knife to put a slit into the pastry
  • Bake until golden brown
  • Enjoy them either hot or cold
Keyword jam, jam pie, jam tart, mince pie

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