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Star Mince Tarts

Fruit Mince Tarts make for great homemade Christmas gifts that can be enjoyed right through the festive season. Try adding a star cut-out for a special touch.

Star Mince Tarts

Makes 12

Fruit Mince

125g raisins

60g sultanas

80g orange peel

75g currants

2 apples, peeled and grated

1 orange, zest and juice

25ml brandy

125ml water

50g unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ginger

185g brown sugar

2 tbsp cornflour

Sweet Pastry

150g caster sugar

160g unsalted butter, softened

300g plain flour

2 eggs, free-range

¼ tsp Heilala vanilla bean paste

100g icing sugar, to dust 

To make fruit mince, place all ingredients except for the cornflour into a medium-sized bowl. Mix well and leave to marinate for 24 hours.

Strain the liquid from the fruit mince into a small saucepan. Reduce by half.

Once reduced, add cornflour that has been mixed with a splash of water. Whisk it into the boiling reduced liquid; whisk till liquid has thickened. Pour over the fruit mixture and mix together well.

To prepare the sweet pastry, place caster sugar, butter and flour into a mixing bowl using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. On a medium speed, mix until ingredients have a crumb-like consistency.

Add eggs on a slow speed, one at a time. Once combined, add vanilla bean paste and mix on low speed till the vanilla is incorporated. Shape the dough into a flat block so it’s easier to roll out. Allow to rest in the fridge for 2 hours.

Take the pastry out of the fridge, allowing 10-15 minutes before rolling. Dust the bench surface with flour and roll out the dough to 3mm thick. Cut into rounds approximately 8cm in diameter, or big enough to cover the base and sides of a 12-tartlet pan. Gently press the pastry rounds into the holes. With the rest of the dough cut out different sized star shapes.

Add a spoonful of the fruit mince to each tart case, bake for 15-20 minutes. Place the stars on a baking tray and bake them till they get some colour, about 15-20 minutes. You might need to remove them in advance to allow them to cool, Dust with icing sugar and place stars on each tart.

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2 Comments on Star Mince Tarts

  • Christine
    December 16, 2013 7:47 am

    Oven temperature please

    • Mariam Digges
      December 17, 2013 8:22 am

      Set the oven at 180 degrees.

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