Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February Mincemeat Tarts?

It's a cold winter day here in Vancouver. The rain is ready to start and my very significant other is home ill for the day.

Given it is still winter here I thought I would finally get around to making the mincemeat tarts that I did not get to at Christmas.
Mincemeat Tarts
For 24 tarts I used:

2 1/2 Cups of Flour plus more for rolling the pastry out
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Sugar
8 Ounces of Unsalted Butter - cut into pieces and well chilled
1/4 Cup ice cold Water
1/4 Cup of Vodka
1 Jar - 700 ml of Mincemeat

Don't judge me but mincemeat is one of the few pre-made things I ever buy for baking. At under $4.00 for a jar I figure it's a steal!

I measured out the flour, salt & sugar into a bowl and added the cut up butter.
Mincemeat Tarts - Pastry Ingredients
After using a pastry cutter to work in the butter I added the water an vodka and mixed everything with a fork.
Mincemeat Tarts - Cut-In Butter
Mincemeat Tarts - Liquids Added
I gathered the mixture and split it into two and wrapped each piece in plastic wrap and chilled it in the fridge for an hour.
Mincemeat Tarts - Pastry Chilled
After the hour I rolled out each piece of dough until it was between 1/4" and 1/8" inch thick.

I used a 3 1/4" fluted biscuit cutter to cut out 24 discs of dough. I lined 2 - 12 portion tart pans with the cut pieces and divided out the mincemeat evenly between the pans.
Mincemeat Tarts - Pastry Rolled Out
Mincemeat Tarts - Filled
I popped the pans into a 400˚ oven for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes I swapped the pans and cooked the tarts for another 20 minutes.

I removed the pans from the oven and let them sit on cooling racks for 5 minutes. Using an off set spatula I carefully removed the tarts from the pans and let them cool on a rack for another 15 minutes.

Mincemeat Tarts - Cooling
They were a great treat on a cold Tuesday afternoon!


  1. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I have never had mincemeat. Until recently I thought it was meat. I won't judge your mincement-in-a-jar. I buy canned spaghetti sauce and doctor it. Shhh..don't tell.

    1. Lol.... Christmas goodies in February is never bad! Thank you for your kind comment.

  2. I've never had mincemeat before, but your recipe has me considering giving it a try at last. Looks tasty!


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