Is there anything as Christmassy as a mince pie? I will try and post up my recipe for homemade mincemeat soon, but in the meantime here is a super quick recipe which you can whip up to impress guests, or just to give yourself that Christmas feel!
1 pack of pre-made puff pastry (about 300g)
1/2 jar of mincemeat
a sprinkle of demerara sugar
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees c.
Roll out the puff pastry into a rectangle about 1 cm thick (unless it is pre-rolled, in which case just unroll it and lay it flat on a piece of baking paper), and then sprinkle the sugar over it. Spread the mincemeat over it, leaving a seam of about 2cm all the way round. It’s entirely up to you how much mincemeat you use, but the more you use the more likely it is to try and escape in the oven, making the mince pie puffs stick to the baking paper.
Roll the pasty inwards from the two long ends, making a scroll-like shape, and then pop it in the freezer for 20 minutes. DO NOT skip this stage! It’s super important in ensuring that the mince pie puffs will hold their shape.
Next, cut the scroll into 2cm wide slices, and lay them on a lined baking tray.
Bake them for 15-20 minutes, keeping a very careful eye to make sure they don’t burn. Leave them to cool slightly before moving them to a serving plate and sprinkling them with icing sugar. Chrismas-tastic!