Nothing beats the smell and taste of freshly baked fruit mince pies, straight from the oven. A tangy mix of warm spices and dried fruit mix filled in homemade short crust pastry. Served with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream for melt in your mouth deliciousness.
Simple and quick to prepare, tangy fruit mince filled in homemade short crust pastry and baked until golden. Dusted with powdered sugar, they make an impressive dessert.
I usually use the jar of fruit mince which you get in stores. Homemade fruit mince is great, but that is a recipe for another day.
Making the fruit mince pies
Fruit mince pies are baked in a shallow tart pan or a deep muffin pan if you prefer. After the pastry has chilled, roll it out to about 4mm thick and cut out the base for each pie.
I used a cookie cutter to cut out the circular bases so that they were the perfect size to fit into the tin but the use of whatever you have to get the right size to fit into your pan.
Line the tart or muffin tin with the cut off bases. Place about a teaspoon of fruit mince into each.
Re-roll the pastry and cut out covers, cutting out decorative stars if you prefer as well. Use this to form a lid on the pie pressing on the edges to seal.
Brush the tops with a little milk and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. After they have cooled, dust with powdered or castor sugar
See how pretty it looks dusted with powdered sugar.
These absolutely delicious little pastries taste so amazing just warm out of the oven, it almost never lasts for dessert, but when it does, it is enjoyed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the boys, but just with a cup of coffee for me.
But however you choose to serve fruit mince pies, it is sure to be loved and enjoyed.