Minced meat, apple and cranberry lattice tart

Introducing our delicious Mincemeat Apple Cranberry Lattice Tart, the ultimate hassle-free alternative to traditional mince pies. This heavenly dessert combines the richness of ground beef with the sweetness of juicy apples and tart cranberries, all wrapped in a light, flaky puff pastry. Perfect for the reception, this festive treat is easy to slice and serve and will impress your guests with its beautiful lattice design. Say goodbye to the tedious task of making individual mince pies and hello to a stunning, popular dessert that will leave everyone wanting more.


  • flour, for dusting
  • 500g puff pastry
  • 2 Granny Smiths apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 140g fresh cranberries (or frozen and thawed)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp spice mixture
  • 1 tbsp golden powdered sugar, plus a little sugar for sprinkling
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 411g jar of minced meat
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Whipped cream or brandy cream for serving

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6 and place a baking tray in to heat.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface.
  3. Roll out the puff pastry into a 30 x 45 cm rectangle.
  4. Place the rolled out dough on baking paper.
  5. Mix apples and cranberries in a bowl.
  6. Add cinnamon, mixed spice, sugar, lemon zest and minced meat to the bowl with the apples and cranberries.
  7. Mix all ingredients together well.
  8. Arrange the dough in front of you with the short edge facing you.
  9. Spread the minced meat mixture in a line about 12cm wide down the center of the dough.
  10. Leave 2 cm of dough at the top and bottom of the minced meat line.
  11. To create the lattice pattern, start at the top of the dough.
  12. Cut a 1.5-2 cm wide horizontal strip of dough on both sides of the minced meat filling.
  13. Make sure the strips are still attached to the filling.
  14. Cut out a 0.5 cm wide strip of dough about 1.5 cm from the filling and remove it.
  15. Then cut another strip of dough 1.5-2 cm wide, creating a pattern that resembles the teeth of a comb.
  16. Repeat this cutting method until you reach the bottom of the dough.
  17. Cut out the last strip and remove it.
  18. Fold the top and bottom flaps of dough up and over the filling.
  19. Starting from the top, fold the strips of dough diagonally over the filling.
  20. Continue folding the strips until you reach the bottom, creating a grid pattern.
  21. You can now refrigerate the tart for up to 2 days or freeze it for up to 2 months.
  22. Brush the tart with beaten egg and sprinkle with additional sugar.
  23. Using the baking paper, transfer the tart to the hot baking tray.
  24. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  25. If baking from frozen, add 10-15 minutes to the baking time.
  26. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving with whipped cream or brandy cream.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

  • rolling pin
  • Knife
  • dulcimer
  • peeler
  • Ovenproof dish or tart pan
  • Pastry brush
  • baking tray

Allergen information

Contains wheat (flour) and egg. May contain traces of nuts and milk.

Storage and leftovers

This ground beef, apple and cranberry lattice pie can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the tart in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through. Leftovers can also be enjoyed cold.

Health Benefits of “Mincemeat, Apple & Cranberry Lattice Tart”

The Mincemeat, Apple & Cranberry Lattice Tart not only pampers your taste buds but also offers several health benefits. The combination of ingredients in this cake contributes to a nutritious dessert option. Let’s explore the health benefits of each ingredient:

Puff pastry:

The puff pastry used in this recipe is made from flour. Although puff pastry is not particularly nutritious, it provides carbohydrates and energy to fuel your body. Remember to consume it in moderation as it contains a lot of calories.

Granny Smith apples:

Granny Smith apples are known for their tartness and crunchy texture. They are a great source of fiber and help keep your digestive system healthy. Apples also contain antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.


Cranberries are full of antioxidants and are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. They are also a good source of vitamin C, which supports immune function. Including cranberries in your diet can promote urinary tract health and reduce the risk of certain infections.


Cinnamon not only gives the cake a warm and spicy taste, but also offers various health benefits. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Cinnamon may also have an antimicrobial effect.

Spice mix:

Spice mix consists of a mixture of aromatic spices, often including cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. These spices offer a range of health benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. They can also aid digestion and slightly boost your metabolism.

Golden powdered sugar:

While sugar should be consumed in moderation, the small amount of golden powdered sugar used in this recipe adds a touch of sweetness. However, keep in mind that excessive sugar intake can lead to weight gain and other health problems.

Lemon peel:

Lemon zest gives the tart a refreshing citrus flavor. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and contain antioxidants that can support your immune system and protect against the harmful effects of free radicals.

Minced meat:

Ground beef is a combination of dried fruit, spices and suet. While it traditionally contains meat, modern versions often omit it. The dried fruits in minced meat provide fiber as well as a number of vitamins and minerals. However, be aware of the sugar and fat content of some commercial ground meat products.


The beaten egg sprinkled on the surface of the cake gives it a beautiful golden color when baked. Eggs are a good source of high-quality protein and contain important nutrients such as vitamin D and B12. Remember to choose eggs from reliable sources.

Whipped cream or brandy cream:

Whipped cream or brandy cream is often served with this cake. Although these toppings can be delicious, their high calories and saturated fat content make it important to consume them in moderation.

By using these ingredients, you can create a delicious dessert that will not only satisfy your taste buds but also provide some beneficial nutrients. Enjoy your homemade mincemeat apple cranberry lattice tart, paying attention to portion sizes and combining it with a balanced diet.

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