Santa's mince pie diamonds

Santa's mince pie diamonds

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 12
Get the kids to make them, then relax with a glass of sherry for you and one for Santa

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal320
  • fat8g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs63g
  • sugars49g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.74g
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Ingredients

  • 100g butter, melted

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 14 filo pastry sheets
  • 500g bag mixed dried fruit
  • 140g dried berries (including cranberries and cherries)
  • 1 heaped tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tbsp clear honey

For the syrup

  • zest 1 lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 tbsp clear honey

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 and grease an 18 x 28cm baking tray with melted butter. Brush a sheet of filo pastry with melted butter and lay buttered side up in the tray. Repeat with 4 more sheets, brushing each layer with melted butter. In a large bowl, mix all of the dried fruit, brown sugar, spices and honey together. Spoon a third of the filling into the tray in an even layer. Cover with 3 buttered sheets of filo. Continue until you have 3 layers of fruit, sandwiched and topped with 3 sheets of buttered filo.

  2. Brush the top with melted butter, then, using a sharp knife, carefully cut into diamond shapes. Sprinkle with a little water (to prevent the corners curling) and bake for 30 mins until golden brown.

  3. Warm the zest, honey and 2 tbsp water in a pan, then pour over the still-warm pastry. Leave to cool in the tray before loosening the pieces and arranging on a plate to serve.

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