Minced Fruit Pies


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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners (powered) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 5 oz cold butter cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange essence
  • 4 tablespoons iced water
  • 1 1/2 cups minced fruits (mincemeat)
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Method:

  • Sift flour, sugar, and cinnamon into a large bowl
  • Rub in butter until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs.
  • Stir in orange essence. Add iced water and mix to a firm dough.
  • Knead lightly and roll out onto a board to about 1/4 inch or a little less thickness
  • Cut out circles with a 2 – 2 1/2 inch round biscuit cutter.
  • Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  • Place a small spoonful mincemeat into each pastry and top with another round and seal by pressing the edges.
  • Lightly brush each pastry on the top with egg and leave in the refrigirator for about 30 minutes
  • Pre Heat oven to 400 F.
  • Remove from the refrigirator and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Remove and cool on wire rack.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm
  • Yields: 22 pastries.

Minced meat (minced fruits) – you can buy these in any grocery store during christmas time.  They come in small bottles/jars.

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