Fruit Mince Tarts

Made these the other day and they didn’t get a chance to see the morning sun.

You may think they are difficult to make, but really they are very simple.
All you need to prepare is the fruit to soak the night before in the fridge and you are all ready to start.

Fruit Mince Tarts
makes about 15

fruit filling

ingredients

  • 2 granny smith apples peeled, cored and grated
  • 1/3 cup sultanas
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup mixed peel
  • 1/3 cups slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 tablespoon brandy or sherry
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

method

  • mix all ingredients together, cover and refrigerate overnight or longer if you have time

sweet shortcrust pastry

ingredients

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 150 g butter, cold and chopped
  • a few tablespoons of water

method

  • process flour, butter and sugar in a food processor until you have a breadcrumb like consistency, then slowly add water whilst still processing until mixture just comes together.
  • knead lightly and wrap in plastic and refrigerate for about 30 minutes

how to put it all together

  • preheat oven to 18oC / 350F
  • roll out pastry on a lightly floured bench about 2mm thick and cut out 7 cm rounds and place in shallow cupcake tin or individual store bought aluminium tins
  • place a few teaspoons of the fruit filling in and cut shapes out of remaining pastry and place as a lid
  • brush with egg wash and sprinkle with some caster sugar
  • bake for about 15 minutes or until slightly golden and pastry looks crisp

Have fun!

Cathie