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Brandied-Fruit Tartlets

Use different cookie cutters or aspic cutters to create fun toppers for each of these dried-fruit tartlets, or cut decorative vents with a sharp knife.

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  • Yield: Makes 12
Brandied-Fruit Tartlets

Source: Everyday Food, December 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped mixed dried fruit, such as golden raisins, cherries, cranberries, and figs
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • All-purpose flour, for working
  • 1 recipe Basic Pastry Dough
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Coarse or sanding sugar, for decorating

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring dried fruit and cider to a boil over medium-high. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is almost absorbed, 8 minutes. Transfer fruit mixture to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not pasty. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in pecans and brandy. (To store, transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate, up to 1 week.)

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to an 1/8-inch thickness. With a 3 1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut dough into 12 rounds, then press rounds into 12 standard muffin cups (dough should come 3/4 inch up sides). Divide fruit mixture among cups and brush edges with egg. With a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut remaining dough into 12 smaller rounds (reroll scraps if necessary). With lightly floured decorative cutters or a knife, cut out shapes from smaller rounds (or cut slits to vent). Place on tartlets, pressing lightly at edges to seal. Brush tops with egg and sprinkle with sugar. Freeze until firm, 10 minutes (or up to 1 day).

  3. Bake until tartlets are golden brown, 25 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Let cool in pan, 5 minutes. Run a thin knife around each tartlet; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Note

These tartlets will keep, tightly covered, at room temperature for up to 1 week. The brandy flavor will develop over time.

Reviews (2)

  • fairycake 7 Dec, 2011

    I appreciate that this is an American recipe based on the English Mince Pie and therefore not a mince pie. The filling is not the same as it has not cured and it is more like a fig newton rather than the sweet tangy yumminess of a fruit mince pie. If you want a recipe for heavenly mince pies either look to "Delia online" or "Nigella's cranberry studded mincemeat " are the go ( and dead easy !) Happy Christmas everyone !

  • aurora1627 6 Dec, 2011

    I do this very same recipe except that i use a good canned mincemeat. I cut two rounds out of the dough and put a teaspoon of the filling in. Then I flute the edges and it looks like a tiny pie. This recipe came from my great grandmother. Although I suspect she used her own mincemeat. lol

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