Singita Boulders Lodge, South Africa

There is something naturally festive about Singita Boulders Lodge; the rich, earth-toned colour palette punctuated by gleaming copper might remind you of a Christmas decoration or a plate piled with gold-topped mince pies. The recently refurbished lodge is set along the banks of the Sand River in Singita’s privately owned reserve within the Sabi Sand Reserve, and an inviting oasis, especially at this time of year.

Singita Boulders Lodge, South Africa

It’s the perfect location for a festive celebration; in fact preparations for Christmas are already well underway. The hard-working kitchen teams are in full swing, creating all manner of sweet and spicy treats for our holiday guests. Sous Chef Nico Meyer’s mince pies are one such example; a mouthwatering mixture of tender pastry and juicy fruit filling that flies off the long bar at tea time. He was kind enough to share his recipe with us and give us a look behind the scenes at the lodge’s festive season preparations:

Mince pies at Singita Boulders Lodge, South Africa



Ingredients – what you will need:
90g dried prunes, stoned
90g dried dates, stoned
80g sultanas
70g seedless raisins
40g chopped almonds
30g chopped walnuts
80g light brown muscovado sugar
Finely grated zest of ½ lemon
Finely grated zest of ½ orange
Pinch each of cinnamon, clove and ginger
2 tablespoons port

Method – what to do:
Combine all your ingredients in a bowl and cover
Leave overnight in your fridge to soak


Ingredients – what you will need:
200g butter
200g icing/powdered sugar
3 eggs
500g cake flour

Method – what to do:
Cream the butter and sugar together
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition
Add your flour until combined
Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and fold until the pastry comes together, be careful not to over mix
Wrap the pastry in cling film and rest for 30 mins in the fridge


Heat your oven to 220°C
Roll out the pastry to 3mm thick and Use a round cutter (about 10cm) to cut out your bases
Place them into muffin or cupcake trays
Put a small dollop (about 1½ teaspoons) of fruit mince into each
Brush the edge of each pie with a little beaten egg
Re-roll out the pastry to cut lids and press them on top to seal
Bake until golden brown (10-20 minutes, depending on your oven)
Dust with icing sugar

Don’t like raisins or sultanas? The recipe is equally delicious when these ingredients are substituted with dried cranberries! By the way, you can visit this site to find a handy measurement converter.

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