Christmas Mince Pies

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Oh how Cristmassy these little mince pies are πŸŽ„ they make me feel so happy! πŸ˜ These pies were a hit with my family, apparently they tasted just like the normal mince pies! The pies held together really well - I was worried that the pastry would crumble and the fruit would be too watery but they turned out perfectly. 

The fruit mixture is super tasty, and you can use any sort of dried fruit that you like. You may have a little bit of fruit mixture left over at the end, but it is delicious with greek or coconut yoghurt as a dessert. 

I made the 'icing sugar' for the top by blending 1/2 Tbsp coconut sugar with 1/2 Tbsp coconut flour into a fine powder in my Blendtec twister jar.


Ingredients:

Fruit Mince:

  • 1 green apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of fresh pineapple, finely chopped (about 2 thick slices)
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup currents
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Juice and zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (optional)

Pastry:

  • 1 & 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (or any other sweetener you prefer)

Instructions:

  1. Add all of the fruit mince ingredients to a pot and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes until the fruit is cooked. 
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
  3. While the fruit is cooking prepare the dough. Add all of the dough ingredients to a bowl and mix. If the dough is too dry, add a little water. If the dough is too wet then add a little extra ground almonds. Place the dough in the freezer for 10 minutes. 
  4. Roll the dough out between 2 pieces of baking baking a using a cookie cutter to make approximately 8 circles. This depends on how big your pie tins are (I used a muffin tray). Remember to save some of the dough for the tops. 
  5. Place each dough circle in a coconut oil greased tray and fill with fruit mince. Top each with another piece of dough (I used a star cookie cutter). 
  6. Bake the pies for 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees or until the tops are cooked. 

Makes approximately 8 pies

If you make these Christmas mince pies then please tag me on Instagram or Facebook as I LOVE seeing your creations and I really appreciate your help in growing this community πŸ˜ŠπŸ’›