When my first batch of pastry went wrong, I did get around to making a second batch to turn into mince pies. I didn't have quite enough pastry for 12, so 5 had pastry tops, the rest bakewell tart tops:
We enjoy both versions. Herewith recipe for the alternative topping:
2oz white sugar
3oz of ground almonds or ground rice ( gives a crunchy topping)
1 large beaten egg
Few drops almond extract or 1/2 tsp maximum of almond essence
Mix together to a dropping consistency adding a little milk if necessary. Bake for same time as the pastry topped version.