Mince Sqaures … the easy alternative for Mince Pies
December 14, 2010 in Uncategorized
Oh boy! What a busy weekend the Tripepi’s had. Hubby and Max went fishing on Saturday which required a 4am roll call! I spent the rest of the day gathering the needful for the Christmas lunch at Sakithemba YMCA in Toti on Sunday – 6kg’s of curried beans and two shopping escapades later – Princess Jan was looking more like the Wild Woman from Borneo! NO – the tipsy, sweaty, up-at-4am- exhausted Wild Woman from Borneo!! But I did discover a fabulous Cuban Bar along the way – The Cuban down at the Moses Mabhida Soccer Stadium in Durban sells wicked – life saving – energy giving cocktails!!!!! I had a (few! He he he ……. hic!) Mamasita Chikita cocktails – Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriba ariiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiba andale annnnnnnndalay YAY YAY …. Just to keep in the Christmas spirit of it all – kind of along the shopping trip way. Whoa!!! I love Christmas!
NB: Mums and Dads living in Durban with little ones – the restaurants at the stadium put on entertainment for the kiddies every Saturday … while you are enjoying lunchat any one of the fabulous restaurants down there, your children can play on the beautiful lawns and be entertained by a juggling clown, who, judging by the peels of laughter coming from that direction – had the kiddies in fits of laughter having oodles of fun! A great idea for a family outing on a Saturday afternoon.
At risk of causing some awful weather phenomenon I am posting a recipe that I pulled out of a Your Family magazine about 15 years ago – it’s one of those tatty, yellowed, about to fall apart bits of magazine cutting. These fruit squares are ridiculously easy to bake – well they would HAVE to be, if I can make them! – And, you can add different fillings and nuts, fruit etc. “Frootcake” asked us fellow bloggers to recommend some easy recipes to give as Christmas prezzies and I promised her this recipe! I really do love to give homemade goodies at Christmas. A batch of these short pastry melt-in-your-mouth Mince Squares – my cheat cheat equivalent of mince pies – makes a wonderful gift. I find that these are the quick and easy alternative to mince pies – which I love – but this recipe doesn’t even require a rolling pin!!! Yeah Baby!
Fruit Mince Squares al la Jan
1 jar fruit mince
2Tbs brandy – I add way more than this – about 5 I would say if you want to taste it
1 large or 2 small Granny Smith apples peeled and grated
the zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
½ tsp ground clove
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp white pepper (my own addition)
A handful of dried sour cherries and crimson raisins
If you like nuts – I would add a good handful of cashews or pecans or toasted almonds or hazelnuts
2 cups of flour
¼ cup corn flour
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup castor sugar
250g unsalted butter at room temperature
Icing sugar for sprinkling
Mix the mince with the brandy grated apple cherries, raisins, powdered clove, nutmeg and pepper.
Sift the flour, corn flour and salt together.
Stir in the sugar and cut in the butter – Rub lightly together with the fingertips untul crumbly.
I just put the flour, corn flour, salt, sugar and butter into my food processor and pulse until crumbly.
Press half of the pastry into the bottom of a greased 23cm square tin.
Spoon over the fruit mixture evenly.
Crumble or Grate the rest of the pastry over the top and bake at 160 C for an hour until pale golden brown. Cut into squares while still warm in the pan – then set aside to cool.
Allow to cool then sift over the icing sugar.
Serve with some nice hot tea – or a glass of dessert wine.
Here are two packaging options.
This box had christmas tree decorations in it.
A square of cellophane with another christmas tree decoration to
make it pretty enough to give as a gift.
Buon appetito e Buon Natale