I meant to put this on earlier but we make these every year and they're gorgeous and I'm not making my mince pies til tomorrow afternoon, so maybe this isn't to late(!) and then I'll have a horrible evening w/ my Dad and his evil scrubber girlfriend . Still the experiance will give a good journal tale = i.e full of depression and angst. Other than that and having my 14 year old cat put to sleep on the 9th of Dec, she was part of over half my life I am looking forward to christmas!
Stiffly whisk egg whites, gradually whisk in sugar, fold in almonds and extract. Spoon on top of open mince pies, spread mixture to edges to stop filling from oozing out. Bake at 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5 for 20 minutes.
Best Wishes to you all and remember, if you're dreading it Christmas is only 24 hours and you'll probably be asleep for 8 of those!