- 150g red apple, fresh, skin on, grated
- 85g dried apricots, diced
- 40g cranberries, fresh or frozen
- 150ml apple juice, 100% juice
- 1 teaspoon (2g) orange zest
- ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) vanilla essence
- pinch (0.4g) cinnamon
- pinch (0.5g) ground nutmeg
- pinch (0.5g) mixed spice
- 1 teaspoon sugar substitute of choice
- or xylitol (4g)
- 1 tablespoon (20ml) brandy
- 250g almond meal
- 2 tablespoons (40ml) sugar free maple flavoured syrup
- 30ml melted butter
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla essence
- 1 egg
- 3 teaspoons (6g) orange zest
- 2 teaspoons sugar substitute of choice
- or xylitol (8g)
- 60g cream cheese, regular fat
- Combine 2 teaspoons of orange zest with all the other ingredients and mix until a firm dough is formed. Roll out thinly between two sheets of baking paper and allow to rest.
- Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/gas mark 2.
- Place a teaspoon of orange zest and the remaining ingredients, except the brandy, in a saucepan. Cover and simmer over a gentle heat for about 60 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Remove from the heat, drain and add the brandy. Allow to cool. Refrigerate at this point if making ahead.
- Mix the remaining teaspoon of orange zest with the cream cheese until it is smooth and set aside.
- Grease the pie tins and cut the pastry into circles large enough to line the tins.
- Place ½ teaspoon of cream cheese mixture into the bottom of each tin and then fill to the top with the cooled fruit mince mixture.
- Cut out the remaining pastry to form a star on the pies.
- Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until golden brown.
- Cool before removing from the tins. Store in an air tight container.
Recipe from the new cook book: carbs by numbers low carb recipe options ─ Christmas
by Sandra Dunbar and Meg Pell
Available from all good bookstores (softback); Kobo, Amazon and iTunes (eBook) and at www.carbsbynumbers.com
- Serving Size: 30g
- Calories: 100.5cal
- Sugar: 3.5g
- Sodium: 18.9mg
- Fat: 7.8g
- Saturated Fat: 1.6g
- Carbohydrates: 3.7g
- Fiber: 1.4g
- Protein: 2.8g
- Cholesterol: 13mg