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


  • 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


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

sweet shortcrust pastry


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


  • 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!
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  • Mmm, yum. You know I was never a huge fan of the fruit tart until my sister-in-law converted me to her parculiar ways. Eating a tart out of the freezer so that it is cold and sort of gooey inside. Strange ? Yes, but actually rather tasty.

  • Oh these look gorgeous!! πŸ™‚

  • They look so delicious and you make it sound so easy, I may even muster up a little courage and give it a try! How long will they keep and what’s the best way to store them??
    The pictures as always are stunning thanks for sharing all of your tasty recipes and gorgeous images.

  • Scrummy recipe! The little star is such a lovely touch! Wishing you and your loved ones a Joyful Christmas! I have a great giveaway on my blog at the moment, do pop over and enter! C πŸ™‚

  • mmmm, I'll be giving this one a go Cathie! Slightly different to my usual one, but sounds heaps yummier! Keep these recipes coming!!!!

  • Yum – I think I need to make some more of these with my leftover fruit mince.

  • Wow. These look amazing. If I can get my act together next week after moving back to my "real" house, I'm going to make these to bring to my mother-in-laws. She and I will fight over them!

    Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season, Cathie! xo Gigi

  • oh yum! love your blog and will be back for more! I love baking at christmas time! just love it!


  • These are much cuter and delicious sounding than the mince pies I see everywhere here in England. I love the photo with the cut out star pastry! Happy Holidays πŸ™‚

  • ooooooooh just stumbled across your blog – how lovely! Your pictures are just stunning!

  • My darling I wish you and yours all the joy, love, hope, blessings, peace, laughter, miracles, good health and boundless wealth during this holiday season and always.

    Love & Hugs