§ Set oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half the pastry fairly thinly, and stamp into rounds the size of your patty tins with a cutter.
§ Place your rounds in the tin and fill each with a good spoonful of mincemeat. Roll out the rest of the pastry and cut into star shapes for the tops. Place gently on top of each mince pie and press down.
§ Brush lightly with cold water, dust with granulated/caster sugar.
2. Ever since I saw a picture in a magazine of mince pies with stars on top instead of the simple round, I have been doing it this way. Prettier I think, and less pastry.