Christmas Fruit Mince Tarts like Granny used to make them.

This recipe uses a shortcrust pastry which goes all biscuity and is quite divine despite the simplicity of the pastry. These are very traditional – hearty and delicious. The pastry is prepared using a Kenwood mixer rather than a food processor and the extra few minutes required are well worth the result. The pastry allows for a substantial quantity – only make as many tarts as you need and eat warm if you can. Save the remaining pastry in the fridge for another occasion during the festive season. 

Makes 48 tarts (7cm diameter) with lids.

250g butter
500g caster sugar
2 eggs
2 cups Self Raising flour
1½ cups plain flour
2 jars Robertson’s fruit mince

  1. Cream butter and sugar in Kenwood Mixer until almost white.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating all the while
  3. Add flour and knead well
  4. Break into two portions, wrap in cling wrap and store in fridge.
  5. Grease a 12 cup muffin baking pan with capacity for twelve 7cm diameter tarts.
  6. Roll pastry out to about ¼cm thick – you definitely don’t want these too thin.
  7. Using a 10cm cutter, cut rounds and line holes of prepared pan.
  8. Fill with Robertson’s fruit mince.
  9. Using a 7cm cutter, cut tops and place on top of fruit mince.
  10. Pinch pastry closed and brush with egg.
  11. Bake at 170°C for 15- 20minutes until lightly browned.
  12. Immediately turn out onto a wire rack so that pastry crisps up and does not get soggy.
  13. Cool 20minutes and serve sprinkled with icing sugar. They are wonderful eaten cold but even better slightly warm. For ultimate flavour, eat them on the same day you bake them or reheat if made the day before.

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