Healthier Mincepie Tart
One giant mincepie. Its not traditional, but its better for you and it makes a nice change. Enjoy!
1 hour prep + 45 mins cooking
About this Recipe
I know this won’t appeal to everyone being one large tart rather than indiviual mince pies. However I find it much more time efficient, and also it tends to mean eating less of the pastry and more of the mincemeat, which I prefer and generally is better for those watching their weight. The original recipe was Hemsley & Hemsley, it can be found on their website if you wish to follow for traditional mincepies.
- 60g each of raisins, cranberries, sultanas & chopped dates
- 2 – 3 tbsp of brandy, or fresh orange juice
- Zest and juice of 1 small orange
- Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp each of ground mixed spice, & cinnamon + a little freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 apples (approx. 170g) finely chopped (no need to peel)
- 35g of coconut oil (or butter)
- 1 tbsp runny honey
- Splash of apple juice (if too dry)
- 200g ground almonds
- ¼ tsp of sea salt
- ¼ tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp of maple syrup
- 15g butter, room temperature
- 1 tsp spice of your choice
- 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
- 1 medium egg
- 30g Flaked almonds (for the topping)
- If you wish you can soak the dried fruit in the brandy or orange juice for a few hours beforehand, in which case reduce to 2 tbsp of brandy.
- Mix all the ingredients well in a medium saucepan, chopping the apple last so that they do not go brown. Cover and gently simmer for about 15 – 20 mins, until the apples are soft. If you think there is too much liquid take the lid off, if too dry add a little apple juice.
- You can make this ahead (lets the flavours develop) & store in a sealed jar for at least 2 weeks.
- Mix all the ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms. Cover in clingfilm / beeswax, refrigerate for at least 30 mins.
- Turn the oven on to 190 / 170 fan. You will need a baking tray 30cm x 26cm, or similar
- Roll out the pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper until the right size for your tin.
- Blind bake for 10—12 mins (no baking beans needed), until crispy and starting to go brown
Pulling it all together
- Lower the oven temperature to 180 / 160 fan.
- Spread mincemeat into the tray, scatter with flaked almonds.
- Bake again for 15 minutes, until the mincemeat is starting to bubble & the almonds are golden.
Dried fruits are high in many essential vitamins, minerals, fibre & plant nutrients. However their high natural sugar content means they will raise blood sugar levels more than seeds & nuts. They are a wonderful addition to any diet, in moderation.
Apples—Research shows apples are great for the gut & aiding digestion, reducing cholesterol due to their high pectin, helping with cancer prevention, & appetite control. Apples are cleansing & wonderful for the immune system.
Cinnamon historically was used for insomnia, menstrual cramps, & nausea. It is probably best known now for stabilising blood sugar levels, great for helping to prevent Type 2 Diabetes & for weight management.
Coconut oil is high in saturated fats, but thought to be better than animal fats, a controversial area at the moment. Found to help with weight control by burning off fat in the body, & provides the brain with a quick source of energy. Research indicates it can help raise good cholesterol.
Almonds are a rich source of many nutrients such as Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium. They are also a great healthy fat to eat, as well as fibre and protein.