Move Over the Christmas Cake Recipe & Try This Fruit Mince Pies Recipe Instead
If you are planning to up your baking game this Christmas season, then you better get hold of these easy dessert recipes which will make your dinner table look loaded yet your life much simpler. I got this Fruit Mince Pies recipe when I attended the Christmas Cake mixing Ceremony at Park Hotel, New Delhi last year. There I was quite surprised to find some of the exclusive and fancy dessert recipes simplified to the last detail so that it can be made at home easily. This recipe is the result of the masterclass that we had over there. I have shared the process of soaking Christmas Nut mix at home in the same post, which you can check out by following the link mentioned above.
Related Read: Christmas Special Gingerbread Cake Recipe
Coming back to the easy recipes for desserts, I think this recipe can be actually deconstructed in so many steps that you can make them ahead at your leisure of time. For instance, the Fruit & Nut mix is made around a month ahead and left to soak in refrigerator so that it gets optimum moist and boozy. Oh! Also, if you wish to avoid any kind of alcohol then you can use Apple or Orange juice instead as well. They work perfect as well. Not tippy enough, though 😉
Also, the Tart base can be baked ahead as well, or at least a day prior to your party or the day you wish to serve. I have shared the Sweet Pie Crust Base recipe as well, get it through the link.
Now, coming back to it, all you have to do is to assemble the dish and bake it. Easy recipes like these make for perfect snacks recipes for kids. As they are on a break from school, it can be their go-to- snacks throughout the day. It packs the perfect punch of energy and good health benefits from nuts. You can even get them in helping you assembling these dessert pies for your dinner party. While you will get your work done, even this will keep them busy and away from doing mischief!
So, let’s get started with our Christmas Fruit Mince Pies.
- 1/2 cup Pre-soaked Fruit & Nuts
- 6 Mini Tart Shells Pre-Baked
- Sweet Crust Pie Dough For topping the tartlets
- 1/2 cup Orange Juice
- Orange Zest
- 1 Egg
Boil the soaked nuts in 1/2 cup of fresh Orange Juice along with a teaspoon full of Orange zest till it reduces completely and becomes sticky.
Follow my Sweet Pie Crust Recipe for the base shells of these Mince Pies.
If you wish to make the tart shells fresh, that would be equally good! Just blind bake the tart shells, that is bake them empty and then follow the rest of the steps as mentioned below.
Once the tart shells have cooled down completely, take a teaspoon full of soaked nuts and fill the cup of the tartlet shells.
Take the sweet crust dough and pinch off a small ball from it. Roll it flat over a slightly floured surface and cut out circular discs from it using an empty tartlet mould or anything befitting circular in shape.
Place it on the top of each tart and pinch the edges. You can cut them in patterns and make them attractive, or even try the lattice designs to make the pies festive.
Beat the egg and brush it on the top of the tarts.
Bake it at 180c for 10-12 minutes. Check if they have turned golden at the edges and look visibly dry. Take them out, or keep them a minute longer and check.
Allow them to cool down completely before you serve.