Bodiam Castle's Festive slice

Try baking our delicious Festive slice recipe as something a little different to serve instead of mince pies. The warm smell of the spices will fill your kitchen with a seasonal aroma.

Cakes and bakes
A plate of Festive slices at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
  • Preparation time 30 minutes (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 35 minutes (cooking time)
  • Serves 8


Pastry base

  • 225g (8oz) plain flour

  • 85g (3oz) ground almond

  • 43g (1.5oz) icing sugar

  • 150g (5.25oz) butter

  • 60ml (2floz) almond essence


  • 170g (6oz) mincemeat


  • 225g (8oz) self raising flour

  • 115g (4oz) butter

  • 57g (2oz) sugar

  • 28g (1oz) mixed spice



  1. Put all the pastry ingredients in to a bowl and mix to a breadcrumb add water and make to a pastry.

  2. Roll the pastry out into an oval tin and add the mincemeat spread equally over.

  3. Make the crumble topping by putting all the ingredients into a bowl and mix to a fine breadcrumb, then sprinkle over the top of the mincemeat.

  4. Cook in the oven on 160C for 35 mins.

  5. Leave to cool and then slice.