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Delightful Christmas Fruit Mince Tarts

Delightful Christmas Fruit Mince Tarts

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Everybody loves a little fruit mince tart to celebrate Christmas, and these will melt in your mouth. They are quite simple to make and I often give home baked goods like these, packaged in a clear cellophane bag with a ribbon or jute string, as a gift at Christmas time. 
Makes 24. Vegetarian.

What you need

Shortcrust Pastry:

  • 2 cups (300g) plain flour
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp rapadura sugar (or caster sugar)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ tsp caster sugar to glaze

Fruit Mince:

  • 200g sultanas
  • 100g raisins
  • 100g fresh apricots, pitted
  • 50g currants
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground all spice
  • 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest
  • ¼ cup (60ml) fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup (60ml) maple syrup

What To Do:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 deg C (160 deg C) and lightly grease 24 shallow patty pans.

2. To make the pastry, combine the flour, butter, rapadura sugar and salt in a food processor and process in short bursts, (alternatively combine in a bowl and use your fingertips to rub together) until crumbly. Add 100ml cold water and mix until evenly moistened.

3. Gather the dough together into a ball, divide into equal portions. Wrap each piece in non-stick baking paper and refrigerate while you prepare the fruit mince.
4. Combine all the fruit mince ingredients in a food processor and chop to form a moist fruit mince.

5. Using a rolling pin, roll a portion of the pastry on the baking sheet it was wrapped in, to about 3mm thick. Use a 7cm round cutter to cut 12 rounds from the pastry. Ease them into the tins. Fill each pastry shell with a heaped teaspoon of fruit mince.

6. Roll out pastry scraps, and use a 2cm star cutter to cut out 12 stars. Place on top of the fruit mince. Repeat with remaining pastry and fruit mince to make 24 tarts.

7. Dissolve the caster sugar in one teaspoon warm water, and use to glaze the stars. Bake for 20 minutes, until just golden brown. Leave in the tins for 5 minutes, then lift out onto wire racks to cool.

Storage: Store in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 5 days.

©Jane Grover – Recipe from Jane’s cookbook

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