Cranberry and Mincemeat Tart

For anyone who, like me, loathes Christmas pudding this is a lighter but festive alternative, berry-bright and fruity, with a welcome whiff of brandy. Oh, go on, you can atone later.

You can use home-made mincemeat and shortcrust, but if you haven’t had the time or inclination to make one or the other or both, use a bought all-butter pastry and jazz up a couple of jars of ready-made mincemeat with the suggestions below.

You’ll need a 23cm loose-bottomed quiche tin.

Cranberry and Mincemeat Tart

Image of cranberry and mincemeat tart


400-500g shortcrust pastry

700g mincemeat (that was 2 jars of my home-made)

150g cranberries, fresh or frozen (defrosted if so)

2 tbsp brandy

Zest of 1 orange

Handful of flaked almonds

Icing sugar, for dusting (optional)


Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 and put in a baking sheet to heat up on the top shelf.

If you’re tweaking shop-bought mincemeat or want to give an extra lift to home-made, add the orange zest, brandy and nuts and stir well to mix.

Grease the flan tin and roll out the chilled pastry to fit. Spread the mincemeat evenly over the base and scatter with the cranberries, pressing them gently a little way into the filling. You can use any pastry trimmings to add a wreath of holly leaves around the edge if you want to get fancy, or just let the berries take centre stage. Brush any trimmings with a little milk.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden. Remove and cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes before sliding gently onto a serving plate. Add, if you like, the lightest dusting of icing sugar, but try not to dim the jewel-like brightness of the cranberries. The tart is particularly good with clotted cream.

12 thoughts on “Cranberry and Mincemeat Tart

  1. Mrs. Portly! You can’t loathe Christmas pudding. Liking it is in your job description. This won’t for for me. Not a cranberry fan. Each to her own, eh?

    • Honestly? It makes me gag. Even my mother, one of those ‘you will eat everything on your plate’ people, never made me eat it. We shall have to agree to differ just this once. 🙂

  2. I’m with Margaret – you don’t like Christmas pudding?! What madness is this!? This looks beautiful but I worry that it will torture my tastebuds in the same way that redcurrants do (Summer Pudding is my worst nightmare).

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