Fermented Fruit Mince Tarts

Fruit mince pies are one of my favourite treats at Christmas but they are often filled with sugar, gluten and dairy (which doesn't agree with everyone). This is my version made with a fermented fruit mince, and a raw shortbread pastry. They are gluten free, dairy free and free of refined sugar. They are quite simple to make and don't require any cooking or heating but you do have to allow 1-2 days for the fruit mince to ferment. 

Once they are assembled you wouldn't even know you are eating something fermented and I guarantee the whole family will love them.

The recipe for the pastry was adapted from Ames Starr from Raw and Peace who makes the most amazing raw desserts.  

fruit mince tarts

Lacto-Fermented Mango and Ginger Chutney

mango and ginger chutney

This isn't your average chutney. Traditional chutneys are preserved with lots of sugar and vinegar. This one has no added sugar and is preserved by lacto-fermentation. This means it's full of healthy bacteria that are good for your gut. The down side is it won't keep for as long as your standard chutneys and will continue to ferment in the jar changing flavour as it goes. For this reason it is best consumed in 1-2 weeks. After that it will start to turn slightly alcoholic from the fermentation of fruit (it is still ok to eat but best hide it from the kids!).

This makes a delicious accompaniment to both sweet and savoury dishes. We use it more as a sweet topping and dollop it on porridge, pancakes and muffins. Experiment and see how you like it.