The Fastest Mince Pies Ever
|¾ x 411 g jar Marks & Spencer luxury mincemeat|
|1 x 375 g pack fresh ready-rolled puff pastry|
|a little milk|
|42 whole blanched almonds|
|42 fresh cranberries|
|golden caster sugar, to dust|
|icing sugar, to serve|
|Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7, 425°F (220°C).|
|Need help with conversions?|
|You will also need a 1½ inches (4 cm) and a 2 inches (5 cm) plain round cutter and a large, lightly greased baking sheet.|
This recipe is from Delia's Christmas Easy
Begin by unrolling the packet of pastry, leaving it on the Cellophane, then just cut out 28 x 2 inch (5 cm) discs and arrange them on the baking tray.
Next, using the 1½ in (4 cm) cutter, press this into the centre of each disc, making an incision to just three-quarters of the way into the pastry (but be careful not to go right through).
Now brush the edge of each disc with a little milk, then pile about a teaspoonful of mincemeat into the centre of each disc. Arrange 3 almonds on half the mince pies and 3 cranberries on the rest, then dust the nuts and cranberries with a little caster sugar.
Bake the mince pies on a high shelf of the oven for 10-12 minutes or till golden, then remove them to a wire cooling tray.
Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar.
Note: If freezing the pies, allow them to cool, then transfer to a plastic freezer box (layered with baking parchment).
To re-heat, cook from frozen in an oven pre-heated to gas mark 7, 425°F (220°C) for 4-5 minutes. Then dust with icing sugar.
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For Delia, this family recipe - made by both her grandmother and mother - brings back happy memories of freshly baked trays of mince pies on Christmas Eve.
Those who find pastry difficult to make will love this recipe, where everything is put into a food processor for quick and easy pastry so you still have the superior flavour of home-made, but without the hassle!
Here is another festive dessert that makes good use of home-made mincemeat. Serve it fairly warm, with Cumberland Rum Butter to melt through the lattice.
These are a good alternative to mince pies made with pastry for those who (a) don't want to make pastry or (b) are wholefood-minded. They are very speedy to make and taste wonderful.
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