Fruit mince pies

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Prep: 20 mins, Cooking: 20 mins
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These easy fruit mince pies are great for those of us who don’t have time to bake Christmas cakes months in advance. They’re more affordable and require far less effort.

By Food24 December 20 2019
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Ingredients (12)

FILLING
500 ml fruitcake mix
30 ml mixed citrus peel
grated zest of 1 orange juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
1 Granny Smith apples — cored, peeled and grated
2,5 ml each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice
60-125 ml brandy
PASTRY
750 ml flour — cake
125 ml sugar
250 g butter — cold, cubed
1 flour — for sprinkling
TO FINISH
egg yolk — whisked with 15ml water
30 ml castor sugar
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Method:

MAKES 16
SMALL PIES PREPARATION: 20 MIN STANDING: OVERNIGHT  OR 2-3 DAYS CHILLING: 1 HOUR BAKING: 15-20
MIN

Grease 16
hollows of a muffin baking tin with 
nonstick spray.

1. Filling
Mix all the ingredients in a jar. Seal the jar well and leave overnight in
a cool place. Mix the filling again, seal the jar and leave to stand for 2-3
days (optional).

2. Pastry
Put the flour and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse for a few
seconds. Add the butter cubes and pulse until the  mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

3. Add the egg and pulse until the mixture
becomes sticky. Remove the dough, roll into a ball and cover in clingfilm.
Chill for at least  30 minutes.

4. Lightly sprinkle flour on a work surface and
roll out the dough to 2mm thick. Line the muffin tin hollows with the dough,
setting enough aside for the pie lids. Prick the bottom of each pastry case
with a fork and chill for another 30 minutes.

5. Heat the oven to 180°C. Roll out the rest of
the dough and cut out pie lids using a cookie cutter in a star shape or any
other shape you prefer. Make sure  the
shape you choose will cover the top of the pies 
adequately.

6. To finish Fill the pie casings with
filling and top each with a pastry lid. Brush the egg mixture over and add a
sprinkling of castor sugar.

7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is
golden brown and done. Leave to cool completely, then store in  an airtight container.



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