Easy, 2hrs, Serves 12

Famous Fruit Mince Pies after a family recipe. The secret is the very short, short crust pastry. If you take these Pies once you will always be expected to take them again. That is why they are a winner!


  • 240g plain flour
  • 60g cold butter
  • 60g cold lard
  • a pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • 410g jar of Robertson’s Fruit Mince
  • a little cold milk if required
  • Icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Lightly grease a 12-hole patty tin.
  2. Weigh flour and fat (butter and lard) into the food processor bowl. Add salt.
  3. Pulse to rub the fat into the flour until it is fine and crumbly.
  4. Add the egg and pulse until it starts to come together. Add a little milk if necessary.
  5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and gather into a ball.
  6. Roll dough out to about 3mm thickness (1/8”). Use a 7cm (2 ¾”) round cutter to cut 12 circles for the pie bases and 5cm (2”) round cutter to cut 12 circles for the pie tops. Gather up the dough pieces and reroll the dough as required.
  7. Press the 12 pie bases into the greased patty tin.8. Add a heaped teaspoon of fruit mince to each pie case.
  8. Add a heaped teaspoon of fruit mince to each pie case.
  9. Place on the pie tops and press down lightly. Prick each top three times with a fork.
  10. Cook for 12-15 minutes until pastry is cooked and slightly golden.
  11. Leave to cool slightly before removing from the tin onto cooling rack.
  12. Once cool dust with icing sugar.
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Justine Murphy

Justine is marketing director and co-owner of Kitchen Warehouse. She loves entertaining and will not refuse a good glass of wine.

One Reply to “Neal’s Fruit Mince Pies”

  1. i made these for Christmas 2014. They were the best Fruit Mince pies I have ever tasted.

    The pastry was soft and buttery. Guests at my party were asking for more.

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

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