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Friday Food: Fruit Mince Bites

A fruit mince biteI have been poorly this week, what a surprise, but I feel better at last. Better enough to bake some Fruit Mince Bites: the third in my try-something-new-for-Christmas baking. They are basically little shortbread cases filled with festive fruit mince. The smell wafting through the house as these cool is tantalising - Christmas to a T.

They are also easy to make and quick to bake. I found the recipe on and it is from Super Food Ideas December 2007.

I only needed to buy a jar of fruit mince and I was away. I already had a mini muffin tin which has 24 little holes. The recipe says it makes 24. I only made half the recipe and managed 16, so I think it is quite economical. I substituted cornflour/cornstarch for the rice flour. You could use a fig jam or some other festive filing. Lemon curd would be delicious.

It is always round about now that I remember I wanted to make my own fruit mince. Oh well, maybe next year!!

Dust these with icing sugar upon serving- warm or cold. I think even piping hot with custard, and/or ice cream and/or custard. Dusting too early means the icing sugar will just disappear into the 'bite'.


Fruit Mince Bites    makes 24-30 ish

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 300g plain flour
  • 60g rice flour OR cornflour
  • 1 tspn lemon zest
  • fruit mince, a cup will be plenty
  • icing sugar for serving


Preheat the oven to 180*C. My mini muffin tin is non-stick, so I didn't need to grease it at all.

Butter, vanilla and sugar creamed

Cream the butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy: about 5 minutes.

Add flours and lemon zest

Sift in the flours and mix to combine. Add the lemon zest. Continue to mix until the dough comes together.

Make the little holes

Using a 20ml tablespoon, scoop out a level spoonful and roll into a ball. Pop into the tin and then using your finger, or the end of a wooden spoon handle eg, poke a hole in the centre shortbread. Stop before you reach the bottom of the tin!!

Fill and bake

Spoon in about a teaspoon of fruit mince. Bake for 12-15 minutes. I waited for about 12 minutes when the edges started to turn a little golden brown.

And cool

Leave to rest in the tin for about 5 minutes. Mine came out very easily all bar two. I just gave a little twist and eased them out. For the last stubborn two I used the tip of a sharp knife to encourage them out.

I think we have pretty much established that I am not terribly good at presentation, or present wrapping, so here's a pretty Christmas border to distract the eyes.

Festive fruit mince bites



OMGoodness they look good!
So sorry to read you have been poorly, but glad to read you are feeling better.


Those look really yummy. I'm sorry I haven't kept up with your blog and I was sorry to hear about Peri. She was a special puppy. We lost Buddy a few months ago. I'm glad you and Gilly are doing okay. Sending you lots of hugs.


Get well soon! Those look delicious.

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