Mince Tarts Recipe

Mince Tarts Recipes

Ingredients :

Filling :

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1 cup sultanas

1/2 cup chopped pitted dates

12 prunes, seeded and chopped

6 dried figs, chopped

1/2 cup slivered almonds

2 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 cup brandy

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp mixed spice

Pastry :

1/2 cup wholemeal flour

1 cup plain flour

4 tbsp margarine

2-3 tbsp iced water

1 egg yolk

few drops liquid artificial sweetener

Method :

Filling :

Combine all ingredients in saucepan. cook, covered, over low heat until apple is soft. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Spoon into bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight to blend flavors.

Pastry :

Sift flours into bowl, return bran left in sieve to sifted flour. Rub margarine into flour until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. In a cup combine water, egg yolk and sweetener. Add to flour mixture and stir in with a knife. Turn out onto floured board. Knead lightly, then cover and leave to rest for 10-15 minutes. Roll out dough and cut 12 rounds to fit the bottom of the tart tins. Cut another 12, slightly smaller, to make the lids. Lightly grease the tart tins and line the bases. Spoon some fruit mince into each. Wet pastry edges and place remaining pastry rounds on top. Pinch edges to seal. Prick tops with fork. Bake for 20-30 minutes until lightly browned.

You can store any extra filling in a closed jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Serves 4 - 6

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