Every Christmas it is tradition for home made Christmas mince pies. This is a family favourite and one can never make enough. We always give them a special South African Christmas kiss, and use Klipdrift brandy. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do; they are fresh, rich and boozy just as Christmas should be.
Makes 48 – even more.
- 500g mixed dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, currants)
- 4 apples, peeled and grated
- 100g red glazed cherries
- 1,5 cups of sticky brown sugar
- 1 tbls of all spice (nutmeg, ground cloves)
- 400g orange marmalade
- 1 cup Klipdrift brandy
- 100g flaked almonds
- 1 egg
- 800g puff pastry
- Icing sugar
- Mix together all the fruit mince ingredients. Leave this to stand over night as to let the fruit mince absorb all the brandy.
- Allow time for your puff pastry to thaw and defrost
- Preheat the oven to 1800 C, and then grease your cupcake trays. Leave aside.
- Roll out your pastry and remember to not make it too thin, as you want the pastry to be thick and delicious once it starts baking in the oven.
- Find a cookie cutter to cut circles 4,5cm in diameter (if you don’t have a cookie cutter then make use of a glass or cup). Use a sprinkle of flour to prevent the pastry from sticking to any surfaces). Cut out 48 circles, re-rolling the pastry when necessary.
- Once the bottoms are cut, line the trays with the bottoms of your mince pies and gently press into the moulds.
- Re-roll more pastry and cut out 48 stars (these will be the tops).
- Use a heaped teaspoon, and dollop your fruit mince into each mould.
- Then place your star lightly on the mince meat.
- Beat an egg in a cup and paint the tops of your stars with the egg, this will ensure that your mince pies go golden brown in the oven.
- Place in the oven, for about 15mins, keep an eye on them as they don’t take long to cook.
- As soon as they cooked take them out the oven and get them out of those trays, as it’s easier to get them out while they are hot. Leave to cool.
- Dust some icing sugar over to finish, this can be done through a sieve or tea strainer.