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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

miss b loves .........almond and mincemeat tarts

The fruity mince pie is a classic component of a British Christmas. Supermarket shelves are stacked high with boxes of six ready-made ones but nothing beats home-made. Last week I came across a recipe for almond and mincemeat tarts which a friend passed on to me a few years ago. A variation on the traditional mince pie... almond and mincemeat is such a delicious combination........

     Almond and Mincemeat Tarts

Shortcrust pastry made with:
125g plain flour, sifted
25g butter 
25g lard
1½ - 2 tablespoons cold water
(Use 50g butter instead of butter and lard if you prefer)

150g mincemeat
50g butter
50g caster sugar
1 egg size 3, beaten
few drops almond essence
50g ground almonds
50g self-raising flour, sifted


1. *Make the shortcrust pastry and use to line 10-12  greased patty tins. Place one teaspoon of mincemeat in each.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and almond essence, then stir in the almonds and flour.
3. Divide equally between the tarts and spread over the mincemeat
4. Bake in a preheated oven 190°C, 375F, Gas Mark 5 for 20 minutes until golden brown

*Shortcrust pastry method here

The result.......a rich pastry base and a layer of fruity mincemeat topped with an almond cake topping......

I made a few extra ones with a simple star-shaped pastry top and a light dusting of icing sugar.....

After trying numerous classic mince pie recipes, the one which I discovered last year in a Waitrose weekly paper is a definite favourite. Cranberries and fresh apple are added to a jar of mincemeat giving the pies a really fresh and fruity taste and the pastry just melts in the mouth. Recipe here

PS A scoop of brandy butter is the perfect accompaniment to mince pies. I like to make it fresh on Chrismas Eve and here's the recipe I'll be using ..... I love the way it melts on top of the warm mince pies! Brandy butter recipe here


I hope your Christmas preparations are going well! 


  1. Growing up Christmas just wasn't Christmas without mincemeat pie! These tarts look so dainty and pretty :)

  2. Looks so yummy and you make it look so easy.

  3. Those pies look great, specially the one with the star, and as I've never tried mince pie before I would try one of your recipe, the one with apple and cranberries sounds perfect.
    Have a delicious Christmas miss B.

  4. Okay.. I'm embarrassed to say I've not had this. If you like it:) I'm sure it's delicious! xxL

  5. miss b, that mince pie (tart) looks so delicious. i heard about them, but i've never tasted one. a blogger is suppose to send one to me and i can't wait to try. thanks for sharing the recipe. it's so pretty! hahaha i'm ready for Christmas! :D

  6. Christmas bakewells! My favourite. I've been meaning to make some for ages, thanks for the reminder!

    Philippa x

  7. I discovered mince pies when I was a student in London. I ate lots of them; they are great. It's a shame that we don't have them in continental Europe but thanks to your recipe, I could make some ;)

  8. I'm truly obsessed with almonds, always have been and eat them probably everyday! haha. The pie sounds wonderful miss b. I am so excited for Christmas holiday, I can already smell the savoury tart trays! :) Happy Holidays. xx/Madison

  9. Ces tartes ont l'air vraiment délicieuses!!!
    Joyeux Noël!!

  10. These cakes look delicious! Tomorrow is my day for baking cookies... :)

  11. Your tarts look delicious! I hope to do more baking this weekend.
    xoxo, B

  12. Je ne connaissais pas du tout. Il va falloir que je teste !

  13. They look so delicious. I imagine having them with a hot chocolate in a cosy sweater at home. ;)


  14. Um these sound and look delicious, thank you for sharing the recipe x

  15. They look delicious, thank you for the recipe! x

  16. This sounds so good - wish I had one with my morning coffee!!

  17. Hi Miss B, I never tasted this kind of tarts you know but for sure they must be good. The photos are very nice and they look delicious!:) Hope your Christmas preparations are going well as well, kisses! xo

  18. These look like a really delicious holiday treat!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  19. You know, a lot of people don't care for mince pies, but I love them! Your almond and mincemeat tarts look so yummy good, and I see you are doing some baking yourself for Christmas. The brandy butter and powdered sugar sprinkled on top sounds delightful.

    Merry Christmas to you, my friend. I hope you are filled with love and peace on this special day.


  20. I think both are a try worth - especially the mincemeat-tarts as they are absolutely different to the food which we eat during Christmas in Bavaria! Thanks for that :)

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  21. Delicious post!!!
    ❊#ª“˜¨ ᴺᴵᴳᴴᵀ﹗
    Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo 2014!!!
    Besos desde España, Marcela♥

  22. Those tarts look so incredibly delicious!


  23. Ok wow this looks heavenly!

  24. This sounds horribly grinch-like but I've never like "Christmas" food . And gosh, mince pies is probably the worst for me because it doesn't matter where you are, mince pies will be at every single christmas party/dinner/...gathering!

    Anyway! Happy holidays!


  25. Sounds yummy. I've never had a mince pie actually! Lovely blog you have.

    - Regina
    Margarita Bloom: Retro Beauty & Skincare

  26. Sounds very daring, I can't really imagine the taste, but I'd like to try it. The one you made last year looks amazing. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. sparkle2day.com

  27. Looks so yummy. I would like to try the brandy butter. I just received a gift from London which included a box of Mince pies. I'm looking forward to try them out soon. Have a wonderful weekend.

  28. Your mince pies look delicious! I have to get some baking done this weekend as I am way behind this time:( Have a lovely weekend:)

  29. Love your pies I will try to cook them.

  30. Hi dear, these sounds utterly festive and delish. I have never attempted my own pastry before, but theres always a first time to try, right? Happy Holidays hun!

  31. wow looks so attractive.. hope i get mine soon.. am following your blog please follow back dear.. thks #muchlove http://melodyjacob1.blogspot.com

  32. Never tried these, but by the look of it, I'd love them!

  33. Mmmh ça a l'air bon!


  34. Ooh this looks divine! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much Miss B.

  35. i've never had mincemeat that i recall!

  36. Thank you everyone for leaving a comment. I suppose we take mince pies for granted at Christmas here and I sometimes forget that many people have never tasted fruity mincemeat!

  37. Miss b, these are beautiful as well as delicious I imagine! Love that star one too. I could be reading Martha Stewart. You are quite the baker. I have to say, I've never had one and you would sadly be hard pressed to find them here. I really need to try one of your recipes!

    Don't you love it when you find them in grocery store flyers and such? I have done the same, hence my disaster recipe binder. It's all about the discovery though, so fun! Hope you got to enjoy these yesterday! xx

  38. They look totally yummy but i am a huge chocolate fan so I will stick to that.
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  39. I love seeing what other countries do at holiday times, this is really great!


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