It’s day fifteen of the Eats Amazing Advent Calendar and today’s recipe is for some classically festive mini mince pie puffs.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie (or ten!), and this cheats recipe for little bite sized mince pies couldn’t be easier. The cute little mini pies are fun to make with children and perfect for parties, festive snacks or even to pop in a lunch box for a lovely Christmassy treat. Best of all, as they are miniature versions, you’ve got every excuse to eat more than one mince pie in a sitting!
Mini Mince Pie Puffs
Ingredients (makes around 30):
- 1 320g sheet ready-rolled puff pastry
- 1/3 jar good quality ready made mincemeat
- 1 egg
Preheat your oven to 190°C (Gas mark 5/375°F). Line 2 baking trays with grease proof or baking paper.
Crack the egg into a small bowl and lightly whisk.
Unroll the sheet of pastry. Using a small cookie cutter*, cut out as many shapes as possible from the sheet, cutting each shape as close the previous one as possible to maximise the number cut.
Place half of the shapes on the lined baking trays, making sure there is plenty of space around each one. Lightly brush them all with the egg.
Top each pastry shape with a small dollop of mincemeat – be careful not to use too much as it’s easy to overfill them.
Take the other half of the pastry shapes. Lightly brush each one with egg, and place it, egg side down, on the mincemeat topped pastry. Gently press around the edges to seal.
Using a small fork, press all around the very edge of each shape to seal further. I’d recommend using a child’s fork if you have one, for the smaller tines.
You may find that some of the filling escapes – I went around mine with a bit of kitchen paper to mop up the biggest bits, but it doesn’t matter too much.
Lightly brush the top of each pastry with egg. Using the tip of a small sharp knife, cut a tiny cross into the top of each pastry to allow steam to escape.
Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until cooked through, puffed up and golden.
Leave to cool for a couple of minutes, then carefully peel from the trays and place on a wire rack to cool for 5-10 minutes.
Serve warm or cold and enjoy!
NOTES: I used a small flower cutter for cutting m shapes, but a circle would work just as well. The cutter I used is about 3.5cm in diameter.
As I mentioned above, this post is part of the Eats Amazing Fun Food Advent Calendar. Every day from the beginning of December until Christmas I’m sharing a new festive food idea here on the blog and I’m announcing them over on the new Advent Calendar page too, so do click on the link, bookmark it and don’t forget to pop back tomorrow to see the latest new post!
I hope you enjoyed this fun recipe, please pin it if you did! For more delicious and fun food ideas for the festive season, check out the Christmas Food section here on the Eats Amazing blog or pop over and follow my Christmas Pinterest boards for lots more fun ideas from around the web; Christmas, Cute Christmas Food Ideas and Healthy Christmas Food.