Mince Meat

Make 2 weeks ahead of when planning to use.

Cranberries – 80g
Raisins – 40g
Apples (peeled and chopped) – 85g
Brown Sugar – 15g
Lard (or shortening) – 60g
Nutmeg – 1/2tsp
Cinnamon – 1/4tsp
Lemon zest and juice – 1/2 of a lemon
Rum – 40g

Put everything in a sauce pan, simmer until the liquid is absorbed by the fruit, the apples have softened and liquid evaporates. Put in jar, and let mature for 2 weeks before using.

Bake into pastry cases.

Ingredients for pastry

Plain flour – 120g
Vegetable shortening – 30g
Butter (cold) – 30g
Orange juice (or water) – 60g (or less)

Instructions for pastry

Preheat oven to 200C Fan.

Put the flour, vegetable shortening and butter together in a container for mixing. Put this into the freezer for 20 minutes.

Take out of the freezer and pulse in a mixer until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Pour in half the orange juice and pulse again, only add more liquid if absolutely necessary.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.