Christmas Pies, Mistletoe and Wine

I like Christmas Pies.

Man, I’m so glad I got that off my chest. For some reason, everyone I surround myself around hates them. I guess you either really love them or you really don’t.

Where am I going with this?

A few NZ celebs in association with The Baking Industry Association, recently ditched microphones, teleprompter’s and cameras and hopped into the kitchen to raise money for the Salvation Army. Jack Tame knocked everyones socks off with his pies that sold for a whopping $500!

Now, I am no celeb but when I saw Mike McRoberts name on the list of people baking, I just knew I wanted to be involved.

*faints from crushing so hard*

But in all seriousness, I myself was a kiwi kid whose family at one point had to rely on the Salvation Army at one point and honestly, there are moments where we couldn’t have gotten through without them.

So, here is my take on a good old Christmas Pie.  And if you’d like to have a go at making your own – I have just the opportunity for you to.

Christmas Pies made by The Food Nest NZ for The Salvation Army NZ. Recipe created by The Food Nest NZ


If you’re Gluten Free, click here for my GF pastry recipe. If not, you can use store brought or make your own with the same recipe.

For the filling

  • 1 tub of strawberries
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 3 tsps of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of fruit mince per pie – thank you to Anathoth’s who supplied me with some
  • FOC to make these.

In a small pot, place your strawberries, brandy, brown sugar and lemon. Simmer  on a medium heat, until the strawberries are soft and the sauce is a thick sticky consistency.

Place the pastry in the oven and bake for approx 12 to 17 minutes. I used tart containers to bake it in, but a muffin tray would do the trick too. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Once cooled, place your Christmas mince mixture into the casings, then top with the strawberries and brandy sauce.


Would you like to win a tub of Fruit Mince by Anathoth’s, so you can make your own pies at Christmas? I have 5 to giveaway.

Christmas Pies made by The Food Nest NZ for The Salvation Army NZ. Recipe created by The Food Nest NZ Anathoth Farm

To enter:

  • Make a donation to the Salvation Army – a gold coin donation can go further than you think!
  • Screen shot your donation (please make sure you wipe out any personal details) and comment on this post on Facebook. Then you’re in the draw!

** NZ residents only. Winner to be notified by comment on Facebook. One entry per person. Winner will be announced on 17/12/2016**

For more information on The Salvation Army, including information on the work that they do, and how to offer support as an individual or business, please visit the website,

For more information on the Baking Industry Association of New Zealand, visit

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