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December 9, 2012

X-MAS Fruit Mincemeat Pies

This is one of South-Africa's favorite traditional Christmas treats.  It is normally only on sale during Christmas and Easter in the supermarkets.

As it is one of Dimitri's favorite sweet treats, I first made some myself earlier this year, on his birthday, as part of the dessert table.  This is much more delicious than most of the store-bought brands - I doubt if I will buy again as it is very easy to make, using a good quality bottled Fruit Mincemeat {I only use SAFARI, but am not sure whether this specific brand is available outside of South-Africa}

Before we go onto the recipe: there are NO animal meat in Fruit Mincemeat ! It is the meat of the fruit which is minced ... Much, much older recipes might have used actual meat, but that is something I have no knowledge about.

X-MAS Fruit Mincemeat Pies (makes 12 pies)

1 cup Cake Flour
1/4 cup Butter
1 TB + 1 t Caster Sugar
1 heaped TB Corn Flour
1 Egg
12 heaped teaspoons Fruit Mincemeat
Icing Sugar, to dust

1.) Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - Spray a shallow patty pan with Spray 'N cook.
2.) Using a food processor, process the Cake Flour, Butter and Caster Sugar until crumbly - add the Egg and process until well combined {add a little more Flour if the dough is too moist}
3.) Place dough on a floured surface and knead until smooth - cover with plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes.
4.) Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3mm - using a round cutter, slightly larger than the patty pan holes, cut 12 pieces and place in the patty pan - scoop 1 heaped teaspoon of Fruit Mincemeat into each base.
5.) Using a star cutter, cut 12 stars and place on top of each pie.
6.) Bake 12 - 15 minutes until golden brown.
7.) Remove from oven - dust with Icing Sugar whilst still hot - transfer to a cooling rack until completely cooled.

These pies can be made in a normal muffin pan as well - you will then have to double the recipe to make 12 pies.  They can be served the way I made them - open with a star on top or cut a large enough circle to cover the top {make a small hole to allow steam to escape in each pie, if making  "closed" pies}.

Let me know if you ever had these Fruit pies, what do you think of them? or will you be making some and try it for the first time?

Ciao for now,

Linking up with these cool parties:


  1. Now that I know there isn't any meat or weird stuff in it, I need to try mince meat ;)Pinning this because this may be the way I try mincemeat!

  2. I've never had a fruit mincemeat pie! It sounds {and looks} wonderful!

    Thanks again for sharing at our Holiday Heirloom Recipe party!

  3. Hi, I linked up mincemeat pies today at the Adorned from above link party too, great minds think alike, yours look awesome, i love how we both explain that their is no Meat in the recipe.... people always think there is

  4. This looks so tasty! Yummers☺ You make Whimsy Wednesday look so good!

    Thanks for joining us,
    Kelly at Smart! School {House}

  5. These are pretty and I bet they taste hearty too!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Hi Linda,
    These look so good. I have never had mincemeat pie. I'm going to have to try it. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party will be live at midnight. I hope to see you there.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee's
    Linda @ With A Blast

  8. That is awesome and I hope I would be so delicious.

  9. Sounds delightful! Love the stars on top.

    Thanks so much for sharing it at Artsy Corner :)

  10. Hey Linda, These look so pretty. I have to say the name has always scared me off, but one day... hahaha

    Thanks so much for linking up at last week's Humble Brag. This week, The Better Half, along with a bunch of other awesome bloggers are hosting a link party to support the Sandy Hook area - $1 will be donated for every project linked up. Its up and running now. Hope to see you there!

    Last week's features will be posted Friday morning along with the ad space winner.

  11. These little pies are so cute and look delicious! :)


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