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Mini Low Carb Christmas Mince Pies

Low Carb Christmas Mince pies

Mincemeat:

  • 1 cup goji berries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup powdered erythritol
  • 1 small apple finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 tbsp brandy

 

Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener
  • 2 tbsp Almond Flour
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 2 tbsp Coconut flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 5 tbsp chilled butter
  • 2-4 tbsp ice water 

Instructions -  Mincemeat

Combine berries, apple, walnuts, sweetener,  coconut oil, lemon zest, orange zest, lemon juice, water, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Bring to a simmer and cook 5 to 10 minutes or until sweetener is completely dissolved, stirring frequently. Remove and stir in brandy. Let cool completely.

Transfer to a clean jar and store in the refrigerator. It may harden up a bit in the fridge but can be warmed gently in the microwave to soften.

Pastry Crust:

Combine almond flour, arrowroot, sweetener, coconut flour, xanthan gum and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine.

Sprinkle butter over and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

With processor running on low, add ice water 1 tbsp at a time until dough begins to clump together.

Cover work surface with a large sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle with almond flour. Turn out dough and form into a disk. Sprinkle with additional almond flour and top with another piece of parchment, then carefully roll out in all directions to form a rough circle about 13 inches in diameter.

Using a 2 ½ inch round cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as possible. Gently loosen circles of dough with an offset spatula and place into the cavities of a mini muffin pan, shaping to fit the cavities.

Gather up scraps of dough and re-roll to cut out more circles, using almond flour as necessary. You should get about 24 small tartlets and still have a little dough leftover to cut out decorative shapes for the tops of your tarts.

Prick the bottoms of the tarts several times with a fork or sharp and then freeze at least one hour. 

  1. To make the tarts, preheat oven to 180. Fill each tart shell with about 2 tsp of mincemeat (this will only use up about half of the mincemeat).
  2. Bake 18 to 22 minutes, or until filling is bubbly and tart edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool in pan at least 20 minutes (they are very fragile when still warm - if you want to serve them hot, rewarm them out of the muffin pans gently in the oven).
  3. I top mine with a little keto jam.

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