FRUIT MINCE PIES
Pack in a pretty box for a welcome gift at Christmas.
Prep: 30 mins (+ overnight soaking of fruit and chilling pastry)
Cooking: 25 mins
2 cups mixed dried fruit
1 small green apple, peeled and coarsely grated
2 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup orange marmalade
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1½ teaspoons mixed spice
1/3 cup brandy
3 cups Healthy Baker Plain Flour
1/3 cup pure icing sugar
200 g chilled butter, diced
1 egg yolk and ¼ cup water, lightly beaten
pure icing sugar, to serve
Place dried fruit in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. Place in a bowl with apple, sugar, marmalade, rind, spice and brandy. Stir to combine. Cover and store overnight.
Preheat oven to 180ºC. Grease two 12 hole patty pans.
Make pastry: place flour and icing sugar into a food processor; process until combined. Add butter and process until crumbly. Add egg yolk mixture and process until a ball forms, adding a little more water if necessary. Knead lightly on a floured board. Wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Roll out pastry on a floured board, using a floured rolling pin, to about 3mm thick. Use a 7.5cm diameter fluted cutter to cut out 24 circles. Line prepared pans with pastry rounds. Reserve pastry scraps.
Fill pastry cases with fruit mince.
Gather pastry scraps together. Roll out to 3mm thickness. Use a star cutter to cut 24 stars. Top each tart with a star.
Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Dust with icing sugar before serving.