Mince pies are a staple at Christmas time and I found this quick recipe in a magazine that I had to try. These cute Christmas tree versions are perfect for parties or a nice little treat with a cup of tea. Best of all they are simple and quick, ideal when everything becomes so hectic at this time of year.
The method uses ready roll puff pastry which is what makes them so effortless and quick to make. You can of course make your own pastry, but there’s something so nice about being able to knock these up in a matter of minutes, without the faff of making your own pastry.
So here’s how to make them….
You will need:
- 1 Pack of Ready Roll Puff Pastry
- A jar of Mincemeat
- 1 Egg
- Tree cookie cutters
- Granulated sugar to sprinkle on top
Roll out the ready made pastry and stamp out as many trees as you can, aiming for an even number. With the excess pastry I pressed it all together into a ball and rolled it out to make more.
Spoon roughly one teaspoon of mincemeat into the center of half of the trees.
Crack the egg into a small dish separating the yolk and white. Brush the edges with the egg white.
Cut slits across the center of the remaining trees and place on top of the trees with the mincemeat. Use your finger around the edges to slightly stretch the pastry so both layers of pastry line up.
Brush the top with more egg white and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake for 15 minutes at 200°C (180°c fan) or gas mark 6 until golden.
Serve with a dusting of icing sugar, cream, ice cream or what ever you fancy!