Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Lightly grease patty/bun tins.
Put flour, sugar and ground almonds into a mixing bowl and mix well together.
Rub butter/margarine through the dry ingredients. Add the egg and water, if required and mix to a soft dough.
Turn onto a lightly floured board and gently knead.
Cover with cling film and keep in fridge until ready to use. The pastry will keep for about three days.
Roll pastry on a floured board and cut rounds or stars with a cutter to fit greased bun/patty tins. Put a teaspoon of mincemeat in each and cut a lid from remaining pastry to put on top. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Dust with icing sugar.
Pastry: When made wrap in cling film and keep in fridge for up to 3 days.
Uncooked Mince Pies: Wrap the baking bun/patty tin with the uncooked Mince Pies in cling film and freeze. When frozen remove the Mince Pies from the tin and return to the freezer wrapped in a plastic bag. Will keep for up to 6 months
Cooked Mince Pies: These will keep in the freezer up to 3 months wrapped in a plastic bag.