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Christmas Fruit Mince Pies


  • 250g plain flour

  • 100g butter

  • 2-3 tbsp cold water

  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 freshly grated granny smith or pink lady apples

  • 100 g raisins (currants)

  • 100 g candied orange peel

  • 50 g soft-brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon

  • ½ cup sweet sherry


  • 1.

    For fruit mince, combine all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for half an hour to 1 hour or until all liquid has been absorbed.

  • 2.

    Heat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius

  • 3.

    Place the flour, butter and salt into a large clean bowl.

  • 4.

    Knead the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the dough becoming warm.

  • 5.

    Add the water to the mixture and using a cold knife stir until the dough binds together, add more cold water a teaspoon at a time if the mixture is too dry.

  • 6.

    Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for half an hour.

  • 7.

    Dust a work surface lightly with a little flour and roll out two-thirds of the pastry to 3mm thick. Cut circles 5cm of pastry to line the cups of a standard muffin tray.

  • 8.

    Fill the pastry lined tins 2/3 full.

  • 9.

    Roll out the remaining pastry to the same thickness and cut stars with a pastry cutter.

  • 10.

    Dampen the edges of the tart bases with a little cold water and press the lids on.

  • 11.

    Bake in the preheated oven for 15 mins or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the icing sugar.

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Great recipes ! I have done that ,UMMMMMMMMM~~~ it's my favourate! Delicious !