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If you ask us, no Yuletide is complete without a serving of mince pies. At Slimming World, we believe that you don’t have to miss out on all your favourite festive food to enjoy a cracking weight loss… and we’ve invited a very special guest to help us prove it!

We hope you’ve made your list (and checked it twice), because Saint Nick has made it down the Slimming World chimney – and he’s swapped his Santa’s hat for a pinny to show us how to make Food Optimising mince pies. Our recipe is simple, delicious and, at just 3½ Syns per pie, they’re definitely on the nice list.

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Santa’s Slimming World mince pies

makes 32
3½ Syns each
ready in 35 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling
vegetarian

What you need:

225g plain flour
110g butter, cut into small cubes
low-calorie cooking spray
16 level tbsp mincemeat
1 level tsp icing sugar, for dusting

What you do:

1. To make the pastry, sift the flour (reserving 1 tsp for dusting) along with a pinch of salt, into a mixing bowl. Add the butter and gently rub it in with your fingertips, then add cold water until the mixture is wet enough to mix into a ball that leaves the sides of the bowl clean. Chill for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat your oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5 and lightly spray 32 non-stick muffin-tin holes with low-calorie cooking spray (if you don’t have enough tins, you can make the pies in batches).

3. Sprinkle the reserved flour over a work surface then roll out the pastry thinly. Cut out 32 rounds with a 7½cm fluted cutter and use them to line the prepared muffin tins. Keep the trimmings.

4. Put ½ tbsp mincemeat into each pastry case.

5. Roll out the reserved pastry trimmings and make some stars with a small star cutter. Use these to decorate the tops of the pies.

6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and lightly coloured, then leave to cool on a wire rack. Dust with the icing sugar to serve.

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Cheers to a slim-tastic Christmas!

If slimming-friendly makes and bakes are top of your Christmas wish list, you’ll discover seasonal recipes to suit every occasion in your local Slimming World group and at Slimming World Online.

Slim for Christmas with Slimming World. Find your nearest group.

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