Boy am I excited to share this post with you! Mincemeat tarts are my ultimate and absolute favourite treat at Christmas time and this year was the first time I have ever made them myself!
Lets be honest, I am juggling school, blogmas and other responsibilities so I did take the easy way out with making these but I feel like you all may appreciate how easy and quick they are so you can try them out yourselves.
My best friend was with me while making these and had never had these before which I found as a shock as these are what I grew up with around Christmas time. But that means I got the honours to be there for her first try, and sure enough, she loves them now.
If any of you reading this have never had a mincemeat tart before, please give this quick and easy recipe a try. This is something you have to have at least once but I have to say they can be considered an acquired taste. The mincemeat itself is made from many types of dried fruits and in a sugar syrup, and then obviously put into a pastry tart and baked in the oven. Therefore the taste can be described as a little tart but sweet at the same time and it pairs perfectly with the pastry. Trust me and give them a go!
All you will need are two ingredients! (I wasn’t lying when I said I took the easy route.)
These already made pre desert tarts or whichever brand you prefer
Then a jar of already made mincemeat filling. There are many different brands and all of them I assume are just as good, so go with the one you can find at your nearest grocery store. They are also available at Bulk Barn for those of you who live in an area with this store.
Simply, unthaw the tarts on a baking sheet for 5-10 minutes. The ones I picked up in the picture, the tarts came in little foil packaging which was perfect for display and handling, so I did leave them on.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Once the tarts are unthawed, spoonful the amount of mincemeat filling you would like in each tart. I filled the tarts to 3/4 to full.
Place into the oven and the pastry instructions said to bake for 10-12 minutes however I found that wasn’t long enough if you want your tarts to have a slight browning. So I baked mine for approximately 20 minutes, checking on them regularly.
Once finished baking, take them out of the oven and let completely cool before serving. If planning to keep them for some time, they can be left in the fridge or freezer. However wait on putting them into the fridge or freezer until after 2 hours of cooling.
Thats all there is to it. Just enjoy!
If you wanted to take it a step further and maybe make them look more festive, buy already made dough, roll the dough out and using cookie cutters cut the dough into either circles and place on top of the pastries before putting into the oven with some sprinkled powder sugar. Or use Christmas cookie cutter shapes to make festive shapes onto the top of the tarts.
I really hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Maybe some day in the future I will make it all from scratch!
I will see you all tomorrow with another blogmas post! Bye 🙂