375ggluten-free and wheat-free flour with xanthan gumOR 200g/7oz chickpea (gram) flour with 175g/6oz rice flour
Xylitol (Perfect Sweet)to serve
Mix all the dried fruits with the spices and suet if you are using it.
Put the apple, orange and lemon pieces in a food processor and pure.
Add this mixture to the dried fruit along with the brandy.
Mix well, cover and set aside for anywhere between two hours and 24 hours.
To make the pastry, mix the wheat free flour and sieve into the bowl of a food processor.
Cut in the dairy free margarine and blend until it is forms crumbs.
Add 8-10 tablespoons cold water. Mix to a dough and blend until it forms a ball.
Remove from the processor and chill for 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Grease and flour your mince pie tins.
Remove the pastry from the fridge, and roll out to a thickness of about 5mm. Cut the pastry in circles with a cutter slightly larger than the size of each pie, and line your mince pie tins with it, pushing the pastry up the edges.
Spoon the mixture into each pie then rollout lids and top each pie, wetting the edges of the dough and pressing it together with your fingers.
If you are using the egg, beat it in a bowl and brush the lid of each pie generously.
Bake for around 20 minutes or until the pies are lightly browned and the pastry cooked.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with Xylito if desired. Cool slightly before carefully lifting them out of the tins (running a sharp knife round the edges to loosen them helps) and cooling on a rack.
When cold store in an airtight tin. Serve warm or cold.