serves

12

pieces

Serves

prep-time

30

minutes

Preparation Time

recipe-type

20

min Oven

Cooking Time

Ingredients
  • Filling:
  • 375 g dried mixed fruit
  • 1 green apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 50 g butter, melted
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 orange
  • 2 tsp McCormick Mixed Spice
  • 2 tsp McCormick Cinnamon Ground
  • 2 tsp McCormick Nutmeg Ground
  • 2 cups self raising flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice or iced water
  • Icing sugar, to dust
  • Pastry:
  • 2 cups self raising flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 185 g butter, cubed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice or iced water
  • Icing sugar, to dust
Directions
  1. Place dried fruit, apple, sugar, butter, orange rind and juice and McCormick Spices into a bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Next day, preheat oven to 200°C (fan forced).
  3. In a large food processor add flour and butter, mixing until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. With motor running add egg yolks and lemon juice until dough starts to form a ball.
  4. Remove dough and place on a sheet of greaseproof paper. Lightly knead until dough comes together and is smooth. Add 1-2 tablespoons of flour to dough if wet. Dough should be soft and damp but not sticky.
  5. Place another sheet of greaseproof paper over dough and roll between the two sheets of greaseproof paper to about 3mm thick. Cut 12 rounds to fit into a patty pan and cut 12 star or lattice shapes for pie tops.
  6. Place pastry rounds into a greased 12-hole small patty pan and spoon 2-3 tsps of prepared fruit mince into each. Top each with a star or lattice shaped pastry.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until golden. Leave to cool completely in pan.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with icing sugar.
Recipe Tip

Adults Only - Add 60ml Liqueur (Cointreau, Brandy, Rum) to fruit mixture to add extra depth of flavour to your fruit mince.

Fruit Mince Jars as Gifts: Using leftover Fruit Mince (from Fruit Mince Pies recipe), place uncooked fruit mince into a saucepan and stir on a LOW heat until simmering and cook for 10 minutes until sauce is thick and syrupy. Spoon fruit mince into small jars, close lid, label and tie with string and give as a Christmas gift.

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