London's bakers are turning out cracking mince pies this Christmas along with less traditional takes on the festive favourite. Here's where to get your hands on them.
Borough Market, Bermondsey, Nationwide delivery
Now a bakery, Flor is sending their mince pie kits nationwide, with each mince pie kit will include mincemeat or ‘quincemeat’, made with either aged beef from Jersey dairy cows or roast quince, homemade pastry, and tins to bake them in. If you want them to do all the hard work, there will, of course, be ready-made pies to pick up from Borough and their new Spa Terminus bakery.
Follow on Instagram: @flor.london
Primrose Hill & Hampstead
North London deli Melrose & Morgan say the secret of their mince pie success is the buttery pastry with a hint of vanilla. The mincemeat filling includes a glug of brandy and they're just a bit bigger than bite-size.
Follow on Instagram: @melroseandmorgan
37 King William Walk, London SE10 9HU
Using a sweet buttery tart case, Greenwich baker Paul Rhodes' classic mince pies are filled with a mincemeat mix made of currants, sultanas, mixed peel, apple purée and mixed spices. They come in mini and standard sizes.
Follow on Instagram: @Paulrhodesbaker
24 Middle Lane, London N8 8PL
This independent bakery in Crouch End prides itself on its use of organic locally grown milled grains and their mince pies are no different. They're made with 100% wholemeal wildfarmed flour and their own mincemeat.
Follow on Instagram: @sourdoughsophia
47 Wilton Way, Hackney, London E8 3ED
Royal wedding cake baker Claire Ptak is selling mince pies from her bakery individually or in boxes of nine or 18. They're made with English apples, brandy-plumped sultanas and currants and raisins stewed with candied citrus peel and winter spices before being baked into a buttery sweet pastry.
Follow on Instagram: @violetcakeslondon
All BAO restaurants and delivery
BAO have a new dessert for Christmas - their Mince Pie BAO Puddings are filled with a spiced mince pie mix of dried citrus peel, a splash of brandy and pineapple (which is a nod to the tropical flavours of BAO’s Taiwanese roots), all served with vanilla custard.
Follow on Instagram: @bao_london
In addition to their more traditional crumble mince pies, Ole & Steen have teamed up with The Meringue Girls for this year's festival bun. It's filled with mince pie cream and topped with chocolate glaze and curls with a golden mince pie meringue kiss on top.
Follow on Instagram: oleandsteenuk
Stores across London
This East London frozen take on mince pies won a 2021 Great Taste Award. Slow churned, it features chunks of homemade shortcrust pastry, raisins, festive spices and a generous splash of Pedro Ximenez.
Follow on Instagram: @hackneygelato
South Kensington, Spitalfields and Notting Hill
If you're looking for a lighter American cupcake twist on a mince pie then Hummingbird has your back this Christmas. Theirs are topped with chai frosting with cardamom and honey for a festive treat.
Follow on Instagram: @hummingbbakery
Spitalfields, Tower Bridge and Soho
Back for another year, this festive treat features fried golden doughnuts rolled in cinnamon sugar and filled with creme patisserie. There's homemade mincemeat on top, along with some gold leaf for added bling.
Follow on Instagram: @gunpowder_london
Islington and Hackney
Instagram-friendly bakery Pophams have, for a second year, teamed up with The Kings Ginger liqueur for their mince pie croissants. They've marinated their mincemeat in it for two months and whipped some of the liqueur with clotted cream which is then piped inside.
Follow on Instagram: @pophamsbakery
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