Nothing beats the smell and taste of freshly baked fruit Christmas mince pies, straight from the oven.
Mince pies are made from minced fruit, which you can buy at a supermarket, but you can make your own homemade fruit mince, which tastes much nicer.
Makes 12 fruit mince pies.
- 1 cup flour (plain or high grade)
- ¼ cup (60 gram) butter
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornflour
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- Aproximately ¾ cup fruit mince
- Icing sugar
- Process flour, butter, sugar and cornflour in a food processor for 20 seconds or until crumbly.
- Add egg and process for about 20 seconds. If necessary, slowly add a little bit of water while processing, until the mixture comes together.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until smooth.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- To assemble, roll pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper until it is 3 mm thick.
- Cut into circles using a 65 mm round cutter. Place circles in greased shallow patty tins.
- Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons of mince filling onto each base.
- Sprinkle sliced almonds over mince.
- Form pastry trimmings into a new ball and roll to 3 mm thickness.
- Cut star shapes (50 mm diameter) to decorate the pies.
- Bake in a pre-heated moderate oven at 180ºC for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Dust with icing sugar, using a fine sieve.
For a richer pastry, increase the butter to 100 gram, but use the egg's yolk only instead of the whole egg.