Christmas Fruit Mince Pies - Fairy Baking


Christmas Fruit Mince Pies

Little mince pies are a universal favourite at Christmas time and these are extra special with a delicious almond pastry base. Perfect to offer when friends drop in over the festive season.

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60 min
15 min
cooking time
approx. 18 pies


Almond pastry

  • 260g (1 3/4 cups) plain flour, sifted
  • 185g (3/4 block) chilled Fairy Cooking, cut into small pieces
  • 80g (2/3 cup) ground almonds
  • 75g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  • 50 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup currents
  • 1/2 cup diced dried figs
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) brandy
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1 small apple, grated
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • icing sugar, for dusting


Almond Pastry

  1. Combine flour and Fairy in a food processor. Process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the ground almonds and sugar. Pulse the processor to just combine. Add egg yolk and sufficient water until pastry comes together.
  2. Knead dough lightly, pat two thirds into a flat round shape. Wrap in baking paper. Repeat with the remaining one third. Place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
  3. Preheat oven to 180 °C.


  1. Place all of the filling ingredients, into a food processor and combine until the mixture just comes together.


  1. Roll out the larger of the pastry onto a lightly floured bench. Cut out 12 x 8-cm discs with a cookie cutter. Line a 12 patty pan with the discs. Divide the filling between the pastry cases.
  2. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut out 12 x 6-cm discs. Brush the edges with water and place over the top and seal the edges together.
  3. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
  4. Once cooled, dust with icing sugar.
  5. Re roll remaining dough and repeat process.

Option: use a 6 cm star shape cutter to make a different top for the pies.

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