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Mincemeat Streusel Slice – Christmas Mince Pies without the fuss! A delicious buttery shortbread traybake with a mincemeat filling & an almond crumble topping.

Mincemeat Traybake – Alternative Mince Pie

This Mincemeat Streusel Slice is a great alternative to traditional mince pies over the festive season. Easy to make and, dare I say it, even more delicious than a mince pie.

Mince pie slices on a slate ready to eat.

Although I love Christmas baking in the run up to the festive season, some times things can become too hectic. One year, when I’d booked to sell my home bakes at local Christmas markets, I knew I’d be extra busy.

And I knew there’d be a high demand for mince pies. Maybe I was simply tired but the prospect of rolling out and cutting all that pastry really sapped my enthusiasm. Plus, I didn’t have access to enough pie tins to streamline making pies in bulk. Looking for an easier alternative to traditional mince pies, I settled on a traybake as the perfect answer for markets, fayres, fetes and families.

Mince pie slices on a slate ready to eat.

I opted for a shortbread base as it’s easier to make and handle than pastry. Plus, there’s no need to roll it out if you don’t want to – you can simply press it into place.
Then simply spread the shortbread with mincemeat (preferably homemade), top with my favourite almond crumble topping and bake.

Slices of mincemeat shortbread on a board.

Cut into slices or squares and there you have Mincemeat Streusel Slice – my tasty twist on a traditional mince pie.

Our twist on a mince pie has become a real family favourite at the Kitchen Shed. So much so that I now make more mincemeat slice than mince pies. We love a warm slice served with cream, custard or brandy butter.

What is mincemeat ?

Back in the 16th century mincemeat contained meat. Personally, I’m pleased to say we lost the meat sometime in the late 19th century.

Today it contains a selection of dried fruits – usually currants, raisins and sultanas – with candied peel.

It’s slowly cooked with apple, sugar, spices and beef or vegetable suet.

I love the smell of mincemeat when it’s cooking because it seems to fill the whole kitchen with the scent of Christmas.

What equipment do I need ?

  • Optional – using a stand mixer or hand mixer means the shortbread is even easier to make. I used my Kitchen Aid.
  • Equally, a wooden spoon and a mixing bowl will do the job nicely.
  • A lined shallow baking tin 30 cm x 23 cm / 12 ins by 9 ins.

What ingredients do I need ?

You only need 6 ingredients to make a Mincemeat Traybake

Ground almonds, jar of mincemeat, plain flour, butter, sugar and cornflour on a worktop.
  • Salted butter – at room temperature, this makes the creaming with the sugar so much easier. Don’t be tempted to use margarine, you will lose the buttery taste.
  • Caster/superfine sugar – a finer sugar helps prevent graininess but still delivers a crumbly soft, light and buttery shortbread.
  • Plain flour/all purpose flour.
  • Cornflour/cornstarch – gives extra shortness. Results in a lighter and more tender shortbread which melts in your mouth.
  • Ground almonds – makes the crumble topping crunchier and adds a lovely festive flavour.

How to make Mincemeat Streusel Slice

Make your Shortbread:

I use a stand mixer to make shortbread, it keeps mixing to a minimum and ensures a tender crunchy shortbread. Alternatively you can cream the butter and sugar together with a hand held mixer or a wooden spoon in a large bowl.

Shortbread dough being mixed in a KitchenAid.
  • Add butter and sugar to the bowl of your KitchenAid fitted with a beater attachment and cream together on a medium speed for about two minutes.
  • Add the flour and cornflour in 3 or 4 batches and mix until the dough comes together.
Dough rolled out, being lifted into lined tin, pricked with a fork and put into the oven.
  • Roll out the dough and place in your tin. Alternatively, press the shortbread dough with your fingers and ease into the rectangle shape of your tin. Prick the dough all over with a fork.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Leave to cool for 15 minutes.

Make your Almond Crumble Streusel Topping:

  • Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the ground almonds.
  • Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the flour and almond mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
Four step process showing butter and flour in a bowl, butter rubbed in. Sugar stirred in and finished crumble mix.

Assemble and bake:

4 step process to show traybake assembly. Par baked dough, covered with mincemeat and topped with crumble mix.
  • Spread the shortbread with the mincemeat and sprinkle the streusel mixture evenly over the top.
  • Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden.
Baked Mincemeat Streusel Traybake on a cooling rack.
  • Cool and cut into slices.
  • Serve warm with cream, custard or brandy butter.
Shortbread traybake on a board being cut into slices with a knife.

Top tips for Mincemeat Crumble Slice

  • The shortbread is par baked before the filling and topping is added. This ensures the shortbread is completely cooked through. Don’t skip this step.
  • If you want to get ahead with making your Mincemeat Crumble Slice the shortbread dough and streusel can be frozen. Just defrost for a few hours at room temperature before assembling with the mincemeat and then popping into the oven.
  • If you do a lot of baking, you might find you have leftover dried fruits from other recipes. If so, you can add these to your mincemeat filling.
  • If you have some flaked almonds, try adding them to the almond crumble streusel topping for an extra crunch.
Slices of mincemeat shortbread on a board with a knife.

Recipe FAQs

How many slices or squares does this recipe make ?

It’s entirely up to you!
I’ve cut them into 24 mincemeat shortbread bars for a generous portion. Alternatively, you could cut into 36 Mincemeat squares for a bite size portion.

How long do they keep ?

These Mince Pie Slices will keep for three or four days in an airtight container.

Can they be frozen ?

Mincemeat streusel slice freezes well.
Why not freeze a batch or two so you can really get ahead for Christmas ? Just make sure the slices are cool before stacking in a container with baking parchment between layers. This prevents the slices sticking to each other.
Mincemeat streusel slice will keep in the freezer for up to three months.
To serve, simply defrost at room temperature for a couple of hours.

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Mincemeat Streusel Slices on a slate ready to eat.
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Mincemeat Streusel Slice

Mincemeat Streusel Slice – Christmas Mince Pies without the fuss! A delicious buttery shortbread traybake with a mincemeat filling & an almond crumble topping.
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Course: Christmas Baking, Sweet Treat
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24
Calories: 297kcal
Author: Sarah James

Equipment

  • Optional – using a stand mixer or hand mixer means the shortbread is even easier to make. I used my Kitchen Aid.Equally, a wooden spoon and a mixing bowl will do the job nicely.
  • A greased shallow baking tin 30 cm x 23 cm / 12 ins by 9 ins

Ingredients


Shortbread:

  • 225 g softened salted butter
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 225 g plain flour
  • 110 g cornflour


Filling:

  • 411 g mincemeat


Streusel Topping:

  • 110 g plain flour
  • 110 g ground almonds
  • 150 g salted butter at room temperature
  • 150 g caster sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180℃ / 160℃ Fan / 350 ° F / Gas Mark 4

Make your Shortbread:

  • Warm the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, not too hot though.
  • Add butter and sugar to the bowl and beat until creamed, which should take between one and two minutes depending on how soft your butter is and your mixer speed; number 4 to number 6 speed.
  • Sift flour and cornflour into a separate bowl and then add half to your creamed butter and sugar.
  • Start your mixer on slow (number 2 speed) to prevent the flour flying out of the bowl – mix for a few seconds. Add the remainder of the flour mix and combine until it all comes together around the beater – about 1 minute.
  • Alternatively, you can cream the butter and sugar together with a hand held mixer or a wooden spoon in a large bowl. Add the flour and cornflour in 3 or 4 batches and mix until the dough comes together. Don’t overwork it.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured work surface to 30 cm x 23 cm (12 ins by 9 ins) and place in your tin and prick all over with a fork.
  • Alternatively, press the shortbread dough with your fingers easing into a rectangle shape in your tin and prick all over with a fork.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Leave to cool for 15 minutes.

Make your Almond Streusel Topping:

  • Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the ground almonds.
  • Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the flour and almond mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs, stir in the sugar.

Assemble and bake:

  • Spread the shortbread with the mincemeat and sprinkle the streusel mixture evenly over the top.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes until golden.
  • Cuts into 24 pieces. Can be served warm.

Notes

  1. The streusel topping can be made in advance and frozen ready to use.
  2. Mincemeat Streusel Slice freezes well.
  3. Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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Veronica Heffernan

Sunday 27th of December 2020

Hi Michelle and Thank you so much. I usually make mince pies for my family, my brother, my sister (and their families) , and some neighbours for a gift. In previous years I made a Mincemeat streusel with a pastry base. This year I found your recipe with the shortbread base, the comments have been amazing. It saves all of the rolling and breakages with delicate pastry. It’s only Boxing Day and the Shortbread Streusel has all gone, we need more ! Thank goodness there’s mincemeat and butter , sure I have more almond too! If you haven’t tried this WHY NOT? Happy Holidays or Happy Christmas x

Sarah James

Sunday 27th of December 2020

Hi Veronica, so pleased to hear my Mincemeat Streusel Slice has been such a hit with your family and neighbours. Shortbread does save time with rolling out and like you say pastry can be so delicate, plus you have the bonus of shortbread being delicious and buttery. Glad to hear you've got plenty of mincemeat and butter to make some more. Thanks for your Christmas wishes and wishing you and your family a happy and safe new year. Sarah x

ann zinser

Sunday 6th of December 2020

WOULD LIKE MEASUREMENTS usa

Sarah James

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Hello again Ann, updated my recipe today. Just click on the tab in the recipe card to show US measurements.

Sarah James

Sunday 6th of December 2020

Hello Ann, I'm just in the middle of updating my recipes with US measurements. I'll let you know as soon as Mincemeat Streusel Slice is ready, hopefully in the next day or so.

Pat D

Saturday 14th of December 2019

Lovwly recipe. I also made a second batch where I replaces the mince meat with somw spiced stewed apple (we have lots of apple trees so I tend to have frozen batches od this in the freezer). Both went down a treat. Thanks for sharing

Jayne Underwood Thompson

Thursday 7th of December 2017

Hi Sarah, Really wish to try this recipe for Christmas, please clarify about the cornflour! Is it the cornflour one uses as a sauce thickener? Or something different? Many thanks Jayne

sarahj

Wednesday 10th of January 2018

Hi Jayne, sorry I'm so late with my reply, I've been away for Christmas. Yes, cornflour is used as a sauce thickener. Hope this helps.

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