These little pastry packages are a great alternative to Christmas mince pies, (which I have to say I’m not too fussy about). Made from classic mincemeat and puff pastry these little Christmas parcels are quick and easy to make and taste delicious.
These mince buns were featured on Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas, a TV programme in the UK, years ago and I have made them every year since. They are a great alternative to traditional mince pies and you can add a variety of additional Christmas flavours to spice things up a bit. Display them with shop bought ones for an irresistible display of Christmas texture.
What you will need
- 1 jar of mincemeat
- A pack of puff pastry (preferably in squares)
- Beaten egg
- Extra filling of your choice – I used a variety including, freshly squeezed orange juice, chopped hazelnuts, chopped almonds, dried cranberries, chopped apples and brandy.
- Decoration – sugar, icing sugar, edible glitter. You can buy lovely decorative and glittery sprinkles in Park and Shop and in Tavola.
- Preheated oven 200C/fan 180C/gas 6
What you will need to do
- Take a square of puff pastry and add a heaped teaspoon of mince meat into the centre.
- Then add your additional filling.
- Pull up the sides of the pastry and twist together. Then snip off the excess pastry with a pair of scissors.
- Brush on the beaten egg to seal it.
- Turn over and squash them lightly with your hand so you have a small puck-shaped pie, place on a greased baking tray.
- Add a couple of steam holes at the top and then coat with beaten egg.
- Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once removed from the oven and whilst still hot, sprinkle with sugar.
- Once cooled decorate some with icing sugar and for a really effective display add shop bought ones. Enjoy them piping hot with a glass of mulled wine. Yum yum! x