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– Edith Sitwell
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Mincemeat for Pies/Tarts
Submitted by Emily-Jane Hills Orford
1 1/2 tsp
apples peel & chopped
currants and/or raisins
grated lemon peel
fresh squeezed lemon juice
water or unsweetened apple juice
finely grated maple sugar
Mix apples, syrup, currants, lemon peel, lemon juice, water, sea salt, mace, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg in a medium saucepan. Boil for 15 – 20 minutes. Cool thoroughly. Line one 9-inch pie plate with pastry dough rolled out. Fill with fruit filling. Top with remaining pastry. Trim edges and seal well. Sprinkle top with finely grated maple sugar. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 25 - 30 minutes until pastry is slightly brown.
ALTERNATELY: Roll out pastry and cut with a round cooking cutter. Place circles into muffin tins and press around the sides. Fill to ¾ full with fruit filling. Top with another layer of pastry and sprinkle with finely grated maple sugar. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 25 - 30 minutes until pastry is slightly brown.
Makes one 9-inch pie or twelve tarts.