One of the many things I love about Christmas, is pottering around in our kitchen baking special festive recipes and treats. We love to give our baked goods to family and friends at Christmas. This year we have prepared a batch of Fruit Mince Bars. Fruit mince is a traditional Christmas ingredient, usually used in fruit mince pies, which I sometimes find are a bit rich and heavy. This recipe for Fruit Mine Bars is a lighter alternative but still has the lovely flavour of fruit mince.
I packaged the bars in wooden berry baskets purchased from Blank Goods. The fruit mince bars were stacked between layers of baking paper. I added a doiley, some washi tape, and a small tag to finish it off, before covering the basket with clear cellophane for gift giving.
- 90 g (3 oz) butter
- ⅓ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 cup plain flour
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 tablespoon plain flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1½ cups dessicated coconut
- 200 g (0.8 cup) bottled fruit mince
- Base: Beat butter with sugar until light and creamy. Stir in sifted flour and mix well. Press mixture into 28 x 18 cm (11 x 7 inch) baking pan, lined with baking paper. Bake in a moderate oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and spread with prepared topping, bake a further 25 - 30 minutes, until firm and golden. Cool in tin, and then cut into slices. Dust with icing sugar.
- Topping: Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and creamy. Fold in sifted dry ingredients, coconut, and fruit mince. Mix well.