Zesty Puff Pastry Mincies

Puff Pastry Mince Pies

Mince Pies. They’re a bit like Marmite really. So distinctly British that no one outside the UK has a clue what they are, and such an acquired taste that you either love ’em or you hate ’em.

As an outright lover of the deliciously fruity morsels, each year I find myself playing around with their format. In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than a stodgy, pastry-heavy pie. The key to mince pie perfection is all in the ratio of pastry to filling.

This weekend I went rather off-piste, away from the usual shortcrust shells, and toward a free-standing puff pastry alternative, with a cheeky citrus infusion. They were delightful. Light, crispy, and dare I say – the ratio was totally on point.

These are super easy to whip up, and look delightful on a plate, whether you’re baking them for your own personal feast, or to share with fellow lovers of the beloved festive treat.

1 frozen puff-pastry sheet, defrosted (they usually come in packs of two)
1/4 jar of store-bought mincemeat (I used Robertson’s)
Zest of an orange
1 egg, beaten
Circle & start cookie cutters
Icing sugar to dust (optional)

1/ Set your oven to 220°C (200°C if you’ve got a fan oven).
2/ Unroll your pastry sheet, and cut out as many circles as you can – I managed 9.
3/ Place circles evenly spaced apart on a lined baking tray.
4/ Place about a pinch of orange zest onto each circle, and gently rub onto the pastry.
5/ Place a teaspoon of mincemeat into the centre of each circle.
6/ Brush the outer 1/2 cm of each circle with egg wash.
7/ Gather the remaining pastry into a ball, and roll out to the same thickness as the circles, sprinkling the surface with flour to stop the pastry from sticking.
8/ Cut out stars for each pie, and carefully place on top of each mincemeat mount, gently pressing each point onto the egg-washed circle.
9/ Brush the pies with egg wash – this will make them nice and shiny.
10/ Place in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes. They’re done once they’re puffed up, golden brown, and sizzlin’! So keep an eye on them!
11/ Remove from the oven and allow to cool. At this point you can dust with icing sugar – I forgot. Got sidetracked by an intense urge to gobble as many as possible to fuel me up for a Christmas Tree decorating sesh!

Puff Pastry Mince Pies

Puff Pastry Mince PiesPuff Pastry Mince Pies

Puff Pastry Mince Pies

Puff Pastry Mince Pies

Puff Pastry Mince Pies

The grand result of consuming this festive fuel….drum-roll please…..

Christmas Tree Dubai

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