Low Syn Mince Pies

Did you even have a Christmas if you haven't had a mince pie? They can be high in syns though, with most mince pies setting you back 15-20 syns. If you make your own with a few clever swaps, you will save many syns for the many other Christmas indulgences. 

There are many recipes out there for low syn mince pies, coming in at 1 or 2 syns each. However, they are often tiny! These ones are closer to the real deal.

TIPS! Mincemeat is hard to come by, but you can save time by ordering online. Why not try the family favourite: Robertsons Classic Mincemeat.

You can save 8 syns from the recipe (or 1 syn per pie) by choosing to make a baked apple and mincemeat filling. (225g baked apple & 1 level tbsp of mincemeat for healthy B) 

Makes 16 Pies (7 syns each)
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  • Frylight (preferably butter flavour)
  • 225g Plain Flour
  • 110g Margarine
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 16 tbsp Mincemeat
  • 1 level tbsp icing sugar, to dust


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Lightly spray some bun tins with low calorie cooking spray.
  2. Make the pastry. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the fat and gently rub it in with your fingertips.
  3. Add sufficient cold water to mix to a ball that leaves the sides of the bowl clean. Rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out the pastry thinly on a lightly floured surface. Cut out 32 rounds with a 7.5cm/3 inch fluted cutter. Use to line the prepared bun tins.
  5. Divide the mincemeat between the pastry cases. Roll out the remaining pastry trimmings and make some little stars with a star cutter. Use to decorate the tops of the tarts.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the pastry is crisp and lightly coloured. Cool on a wire rack and dust lightly with the icing sugar.