Recipe of the Month: Zesty Carrot and Orange Mince Pies


Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies! Treat your family with Piccolo’s simple homemade and tot-friendly mince pies packed with tangy citrus flavours to get the festivities rolling this December.

‘Tis the season for all things indulgent, and it wouldn’t be a festive feast without some delicious mince pies to devour (washed down with some mulled wine for the grown-ups, of course!). This carrot and orange mince pie recipe can be adapted to suit the tastebuds of tots aged 12 months and up.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Suitable from 12 months

  • 2 eating apples, peeled and chopped into small cubes
  • 1 orange, peeled and chopping into small cubes
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled grated
  • Zest & juice of 1 orange
  • 7 tablespoons raisins
  • 1-2 tablespoons runny honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 package shortcrust pastry
  • Prepare the apples, orange and carrot and put into a saucepan along with the orange juice, zest, raisins, honey, and cinnamon
  • Heat the pan gently for 25 minutes until the fruit and vegetables are soft
  • Preheat oven to 200C/180fan/400F and lightly grease the cups of a tart or muffin tray
  • Roll out the pastry and cut 12 rounds slightly larger than the holes in the muffin tray. Cut the remaining pastry with a star cookie cutter. Re-roll the pastry if necessary
  • Place the circles into the tart/muffin tray, add a heaped teaspoon of the filling and top with a pastry star
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden and allow to cool before serving. To serve, dust the tarts with icing sugar

Piccolo Organic makes healthy (and very tasty) baby meals, cooking products and snacks to help you get the balance right every day. The brand is partnered with City Harvest and Little Village, and gives 10% of its profits to charity. Available in all major retailers and its online store.