Quick and Easy Mince Pie Puffs

Quick and Easy Mince Pie Puffs

If you’re in need of the Christmas comfort that only mince pies can bring, but don’t have time to make my classic Cranberry Mince Pies, try this version, my quick and easy mince pie puffs. All the deliciousness of a mince pie but in a fraction of the time. All you really need is a jar of mincemeat and a packet of shop bought puff pastry.

Quick and Easy Mince Pie Puffs Recipe

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 20 to 30 minutes
Makes: 18 to 20 puffs

Ingredients
300gr / 10.5 oz. mincemeat (readymade or your own recipe)
225gr / 8.oz. puff pastry rolled out thinly and cut into squares of 8cm (I like to keep it easy for these mince pie puffs, so I use readymade)
1 egg, beaten
A little flour to make rolling the pastry easier
A little icing sugar for dusting

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200°C / 400°F
  2. When you have rolled and cut the pastry, place about two teaspoons of the mincemeat into one diagonal half of the pastry.  Make sure you leave enough room (about 1cm / 0.5 in.) around the edge so that you can seal them.
  3. Dab your finger into the egg and run it around the edge of your pastry.
  4. Fold one corner over to another to cover your mincemeat and make a triangle shape.  Press down around the edge firmly to seal.   If you find when doing this that you have put too much mincemeat in your puff, you can always rearrange them.
  5. Place each puff on a baking sheet which has been lined with greaseproof baking paper.  You may find it easier to fill your puffs on the lined tray.
  6. Take a fork and make depressions with the prongs all the way around each puff where the seal is, this will make it more effective.
  7. Brush the puffs with the rest of the beaten egg and with a sharp knife make a hole in the thickest part of the puff to let steam out.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 20 to 30 minutes (to be safe, check after 15 minutes) or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  9. Dust with icing sugar before serving.
Quick and Easy Mince Pie Puffs

Tips and Variations

  • Serve warm for nicest results.  You can serve them with some double cream or a little clotted cream for real luxury.
  • I like to have these with a glass of port, but of course they go great with a glass of mulled wine.
  • This recipe is an easy and quicker alternative to making mince pies from scratch. Which, if you fancy doing, try these, my Cranberry Mince Pies.


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