Sunday, 1 December 2013

Star-shaped Mince Pies

This post was originally meant to go out in November, as I've been making mince pies for weeks now. I'm the first one to moan about Christmas decorations being put up in November and Christmas songs and adverts everywhere; but the one Christmas thing I would quite happily have as early as possible, is mince pies. They're easy to make and you can freeze them and have a ready made dessert ready in minutes. (always a bonus in our house as we never go without dessert!)

These mince pies are dead easy, you don't need any baking experience whatsoever, it's just a little fiddly. It uses puff pastry, so there's no need to make any (unless you have a LOT of time and just really like making pastry I guess) Jus-rol or any other store bought works just fine.

So here's everything you need:

block of puff pastry
mincemeat
maple syrup
icing sugar
orange/clementine (optional)
vanilla essence (optional)
brandy (optional)

equipment

rolling pin
small star shaped cutter
greaseproof paper
baking tray

The optional ingredients are just to jazz up the mincemeat a little to make it a little more exciting and if like myself you tend you buy the cheaper variety.
  • Add any extra ingredients to the mincemeat, and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Roll out a bit of the puff pastry to a thickness of only 1mm, if it's too thick the pastry will puff up too much and come out of the star shape.
  • Cut out squares of around 10cm by 10cm, and slice the pastry from each corner about halfway towards the centre. Place the squares on the baking tray and add a heaped teaspoon of mincemeat to the centre of each square.
  • Pull the left section of each corner into the middle of the square and overlap on top of the mincemeat.
  • Using the star cutter, cut out a star for each mice pie and put it in the centre on top of the mincemeat, use a little maple syrup to keep it in place.
  • Bake in the oven for around 10-15mins or until the pastry has puffed up and turned slightly golden.
  • Brush the pies with maple syrup, and when they have cooled a little dust liberally with icing sugar.

Enjoy!

easy mice pies

Emily Kate

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