If anyone knows good food for kids, it’s an early learning centre chef!

Lucky for us at Bounty Parents, the Pod Early School Mount Gravatt centre chef, Tom, is sharing his recipe for delightful Mince Pies to get into the spirit of Christmas.

The perfect recipe for little fingers!

Perfect for little fingers to make and to eat, these Mince Pies are the perfect simple treat to make these holidays. Check out the recipe below …

Recipe (Serves 20):


  • 360g (2 cups) dried mixed fruit
  • 200g (1 cup) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, quartered, cored, coarsely grated
  • 40g Nuttelex
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pastry discs
  • Pastry stars
  • Icing sugar (for dusting)

Kids love cutting the stars and discs into sheet pastry.


  • Finely chop half the mixed fruit. Place in a large bowl.
  • Add the brown sugar, apple, nuttelex, lemon juice, cinnamon and the remaining mixed fruit. Stir until well combined.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and set aside overnight, stirring occasionally, to macerate.
  • Transfer the fruit mixture to a fine sieve over a bowl and stir to remove excess liquid.
  • Line twenty 80ml (1/3-cup) capacity muffin pans with pastry discs.
  • Divide the fruit mince among the pastry cases.
  • Top with pastry stars.
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until light golden.
  • Set aside in the pans for 5 minutes to cool before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Make ’em, bake ’em and eat ’em!