To make the Queen’s mince pies, you need to place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir.
You then need to add all the liquid and grated apple, before allowing to soak for at least one week in a 1kg Kilner jar sat in the fridge or pantry.
Once your mince pies have marinated nicely, you need to preheat the oven to 190C (375F, gas mark 5).
Next, you should roll the sweet pastry into a sheet approximately two to three mm thick, place on a tray, and allow to rest in the fridge.
Once rested, cut the tops and bottoms for your mince pies using fluted or plain cutters (selecting sizes to fit your tin).
Place the pie bases into the tin and prick them with a small knife or fork to prevent the pastry from rising during the baking.