These traditional mincemeat tarts are have just five ingredients, are surprisingly easy to make and are so much better than store bought!
What are mincemeat tarts?
Mincemeat tarts, also known as mince tarts, mince pies or fruit mince pies, are a festive sweet treat that originated in England. They are made of buttery short crust pastry and a mix of brandied, spiced minced fruit, such as apples, sultanas and candied peel or 'mincemeat'.
Why is it called mincemeat?
Mincemeat is mix of chopped fruit, alcohol and spices. Originally mincemeat also contained meat, typically beef or venison. Modern day mincemeat does not contain meat, but some still contain beet suet.
In some parts of the world mincemeat referred to minced or ground meat, also known as hamburger meat in the USA.
Do mincemeat tarts need to be refrigerated?
No sweet mincemeat tarts do not usually need to be refrigerated, especially if they are made with store bough fruit mince. They are main from shelf stable, cooked pastry and dried fruit that have been preserved in alcohol.
How long will Mincemeat Tarts last?
These mincemeat tarts in this recipe will last up to four weeks if stored in an airtight container lined with baking paper.
Fruit mince: to make things easy I use a jar of pre-made fruit mince in this recipe. Use the most premium quality fruit mince your budget will allow. You could use homemade fruit mince if you prefer.
Plain flour: also known as all purpose flour. Its important to use a flour that does not having any rising agents in it.
Plain wholemeal flour: some wholemeal flour really helps balance the sweetness of these mince tarts and gives them a lovely savory edge and cut through the sweetness. If you really can't stand wholemeal flour you can replace it with the same amount of plain flour.
Butter: regular unsalted butter is best for this recipe.
Icing sugar: also known as powdered sugar or confectioners sugar. The icing sugar helps give the pastry in these tarts a smooth texture. Its important to make sure you sift it before adding or your pastry will be lumpy.
How to make mincemeat tarts
Pre-heat oven to 355°F (180°C). Grease some mini or regular size muffin tins with butter.
Sift the plain flour and icing sugar together. Sift the wholemeal flour, then add the sifted bit into the mix.
Cube the butter and rub into the flour and sugar mix to form a bread crumb consistency.
Add the water and mix together until a dough forms. Tip onto a lightly floured work surface and kneed lightly until the dough becomes smooth.
Roll the pastry out to about ½cm thick. Use a round cutter to cut out circles for the tart bases and star shapes for the tops. You want the bases to come about half way up your molds.
Add about a teaspoon of fruit mince into each tart and put a start on top. Do not overfill your tarts or they will boil over. Place a pastry star on top of each tart.
Bake in the oven for for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool completely.
How to serve
To serve these mince pies pop them on to a pretty festive plate and dust with icing sugar. They are perfect to serve after a Christmas feast, as part of festive dessert bar or when friends and family pop over during the festive season.
How to store
This mince tarts will store well in an airtight container lined with baking paper at room temperature for up to four weeks, so you can make them well in advance of Christmas day.
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- 1 jar (14oz/ 410gms ) pre-made fruit mince
- 1 cup (150gms) plain flour or all purpose flour
- 1 cup (135 gms) wholemeal flour
- 1 stick plus one tablespoon (125gms) unsalted butter
- ¼ cup (60gms) icing sugar or powdered sugar
- approx. 4 tablespoons cold water
- extra butter for greasing muffin tins
- extra icing sugar or powdered sugar to decorate
- Pre-heat the oven to 355°F (180°C). Grease the mini muffin tins
- Sift the flour and sugar together. Add the butter and rub to form a bread crumb consistency.
- Add the water and mix until a dough forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and lightly kneed until dough becomes smooth.
- Roll the pastry out until its about ½ cm thick, Cut out circle cookie cutter shapes for the bases and start shapes for the lids. The base should fit nicely in the greased muffin tin to form a shallow dish.
- Add about a teaspoon of mincemeat into each tart and put a star on top for the lid. Do not over fill or they will bubble over and become sticky.
- Bake in the oven until golden brown, about ten to fifteen minutes.
- Once done remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Dust with icing sugar if desired or gobble them up as they are.
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