Fruit mince pies
Impress your guests this festive season with home-made fruit mince pies. A friend of mine recently shared her “melt-in-the-mouth” pastry with me after I was completely blown away by the deliciousness of her pies. They are easy to make and the pastry can conveniently be made in advance and placed in the freezer until needed.
You will need:
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. brandy
1tsp baking powder
Rind of 1 lemon
1tsp vanilla essence
Half a bottle of store bought fruit mince (any brand)
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy and add egg. Mix well. Add brandy and vanilla essence. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Add to mixture and combine until all comes together to form a lovely dough. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Roll out onto a floured board and cut into rounds with a scone cutter, place in greased patty pan holes and blind bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and fill each round with fruit mince. Cover with a smaller round (or any other shape) of pastry on top.
Bake at 180*C for about 20 – 30 minutes. Once done and cooled, sprinkle with some icing sugar.