Mince pies are some of my favourite Christmassy foods and I’ve been wanting to create a toddler-friendly version for SO long.
One of my lovely followers on Instagram came up with this AMAZING recipe and I just had to share it! It’s such an easy recipe and absolutely perfect for getting the kids involved too. They’re also dairy and egg-free so ideal for families with allergies! Thank you so much to Tara Liondavis for sharing this recipe with me.
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Makes 12 mince pies
- Shortcrust pastry
- 200g dried fruit (use a pre-mixed selection)
- 2 apples, grated
- Grated zest of 1 small orange
- 50ml orange juice
- 100ml apple juice
- Handful of mixed nuts – finely chopped or ground
- Pinch of spices – e.g. nutmeg, cinnamon
- Milk or egg for glazing (use plant-based milk if needed)
- Icing sugar to dust (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C
- In a bowl, combine the dried fruit mix and grated apple with the orange juice, apple juice, orange rind and chopped nuts. Add a sprinkle of spices if you wish
- Leave to soak for 10-15 mins to soften the fruit, while you prepare pastry. Note: Alternatively, you could heat the mixture on the hob with butter / spread to soften the fruit slightly
- While the fruit is soaking or softening, cut the mince pie pastry bases using a circular cookie cutter to your desired size
- Roll out pastry on a floured surface until thin
- Place these into your muffin baking tin, I used some shape cutters to cut out the stars for the top
- If your pastry has gone soft, put the completed mince pies back in the fridge for about 30 mins, before cooking in the oven
- Brush with milk or egg before cooking in the oven for 20 -25 mins, at 180C or until golden brown
- Dust with icing sugar after cooling
- Serve with yoghurt or as they are
Note: If you’re making these for younger babies or toddlers, you can blend the filling mixture a little to avoid any chunks, and skip the icing sugar!
I really hope you love making these for your family. Don’t forget to tag me in your photos – I love to see what you’re creating!