I first made a pecan mince pie for a MacMillan Coffee Morning event I was hosting back in 2015. I wanted to offer a selection of homemade cakes and bakes for the coffee morning so it had entailed a fair bit of baking. However, I added the pie to the menu because, by using a ready-made pie pastry case, it was very easy to bake, taking little effort and not much time. So, in addition to coffee mornings, it is a handy one to make at Christmas when you have lots of other things to be doing but still want a homemade bake with a festive feel. It is also a bit of a twist on the usual mince pies so it offers a little relief from the standard affair.
Pecan Mince Pie
1 ready-made pie pastry case
55g golden syrup
25g butter, melted
200g mincemeat (I usually use Figgy Pear)
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Finely chop half the pecans in a food processor then tip into a bowl. Add the egg, syrup, butter and mincemeat and mix well. Spoon the filling into the pie case then top with the whole pecans. Bake for 20-25 minutes then cool.