Friday, 20 November 2015

Recipes: Festive Fruit Filling

This fruit filling provides the perfect combination of apple, cranberries, raisins and winter spices to get you in the festive mood and gives you a delightful twist on the classic mincemeat ingredients.

Apple and Cranberry Puddings (pictured above)

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
A little margarine, for greasing
410g can of Princes Limited Edition Apple and Cranberry Fruit Filling
100g self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
100g caster sugar
100g soft margarine
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Custard, to serve

Method
Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C/Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease 6 individual pudding basins or ramekins with a little margarine

Spoon the Princes Apple and Cranberry Fruit Filling into the pudding basins or ramekins

Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, margarine, unbeaten eggs and vanilla extract. Use a hand-held electric mixer or wooden spoon to beat the mixture together until smooth and creamy – this will only take 1-2 minutes

Spoon the mixture into the pudding basins or ramekins and level the tops. Place on a baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and bake for 22-25 minutes

Run a knife around the edges of the pudding basins or ramekins and turn out the puddings. Serve with custard.

Apple and Cranberry Christmas Pies

Serves: 15
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes (Suitable for vegetarians)

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Ingredients
225g plain flour
¼ tsp. salt
110g margarine, cut into pieces
3-4 tbsp. of chilled water
410g can of Limited Edition Princes Apple and Cranberry Fruit Filling Icing sugar, for sprinkling

Method
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Rub in the margarine with your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add the chilled water and mix it in with a knife until the pastry clings together. Use your hand to form the dough into a ball. Wrap the pastry in cling film and chill for 10 minutes

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan oven 180°C/Gas Mark 6

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Stamp out 15 rounds with a 7.5mm cutter, then stamp out 15 small stars for the decoration, re-rolling the pastry as necessary

Place the rounds of pastry into patty tins and prick the bases with a fork. Place the pastry star shapes on a separate baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes

Spoon the Princes Apple and Cranberry Fruit Filling into the pastry cases. Place the pastry stars on top. Warm through in the oven for 3-4 minutes, then serve, sprinkled with icing sugar

Cook’s tip: Use ready-made short crust pastry, if you prefer, or you could buy ready-prepared mini pastry tart cases to make smaller bites.

For more Princes Fruit Fillings recipe ideas from Princes, visit: www.princes.co.uk/recipes/fruit/





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