Fruit Mince Pies

These little bites are a regular feature at Christmas time in Australia … in fact, I’m pretty sure that they start appearing in shops about September … so hard to resist them!

I have posted previously a healthier version but I had a request from my biggest boy to ‘please just make them normal, like with the pastry from the shops’. Ok. I know when I’m beat!

I was lucky enough to be given a jar of my mum’s amazing fruit mince so I still haven’t gotten around to making my own … one day 😉

So you’ll need a fruit mince filling as well as the pastry.

  • 1 1/4 cup plain GF flour (or 1 1/3 cups spelt)
  • 1/2 tsp psyllium OR 1 heaped tsp almond meal (omit this if you use spelt/wheat)
  • 1/3 tsp GF baking powder
  • 1/4 cup pure cornflour
  • 1/4 cup custard powder (Well and Good make a good allergy safe mix)
  • 1/2 cup pure icing sugar
  • 125g Nuttelex, or other vegan butter, cold
  • 1 tbsp aquafaba (liquid drained from a can of chick peas)
  • 1 tbsp port or sherry

Place all dry ingredients into food processor and pulse briefly to combine.

Add in Nuttelex and pulse several times, until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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Mix together the aquafaba and port and add it into the mix whilst processing (Speed 3 on a themal cooker). Add a little more flour if dough is too wet.

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Tip mixture on to a floured surface and knead gently (Speed 1, 20 seconds).

Bring into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 1-2 hours).

Roll pastry out on a floured surface to about 3mm thick.

Cut into circles, large enough to cover the base and sides of your tart shells. I used my mini muffin tin, so a small round scone cutter was a good size.

Grease the muffin tins, place the pastry base inside, then fill lined tart shells with about a  teaspoon of the fruit mince.

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Roll out rest of the pastry and cut out in the shape of stars, place them on top of the pies.

Bake in 180 C pre-heated oven for 20 minutes or until golden.

Allow to cool completely before dusting with pure icing sugar and eating. Makes about 14 and they’ll last for about a week in an airtight container.

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Wishing you a joyous and peaceful Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

 

Looking forward to sharing more with you in the New Year!

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