Christmas Fruit Mincemeat Pies are sweet, fruity and traditionally served not only on Christmas, but Easter as well
These Christmas Fruit Mincemeat Pies are a South-African favorite traditional Christmas treat. The pies are normally only on sale during Christmas and Easter in the supermarkets.
As it is one of my son’s favorite sweet treats, I first made some myself, earlier this year, on his birthday, as part of the dessert table.
Had I known (right, my own ignorant mistake!) earlier just how easy these are to make, I would have started baking them years ago already !
These are much more delicious than most of the store-bought brands – I doubt whether 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)
Never had a Christmas Fruit Mincemeat Pie ? Well, it is a sweet, very fruity little pie, or cookie, not quite sure which category is correct.
As I mentioned I buy a good quality filling, but I do know people also make their own fillings, where the ingredients are more or less the same, with small differences.
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.
These pies can be made in a mini or standard muffin pan as well – you will then have to double/triple the recipe to make 12 pies. They can be served the way I make 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)