A friend of mine was calling the other day. I planned to bake: perhaps scones… but our hens have gone on strike and we are getting hardly any eggs; and I really didn’t have time to make pastry, and then fiddly mince pies…
I remembered my friend Ness making “mince-pie rolls” last Christmas: I had a roll of (ready-made) puff pastry in the fridge, a large vat of mincemeat I made a few weeks ago , and so made a super-quick mince pie variation (it is important with “the season” almost upon us that we have these quick and easy tasty bites in our arsenal) (even just for us, for those evenings when a cup of tea beside the fire is missing a certain something)
I unrolled the pastry (which cracked and had to be pieced together- I reckon someone must have sat on it on the way home from the shop) then spread the mincemeat thinly on top.
I carefully rolled it up, wetting the edges of any cracking pastry to hold it together, then cut it into thin rounds (approximately 1cm)
I lay them flat on a piece of baking paper (mine were actually too close together, when baked they merged into one (deliciously gooey!) sheet of mince pie rolls)
Baked at 180’C for about ten minutes.
I cut them up, and ate, of course, with the obligatory, dollop of cream.
They took, in total, about fifteen minutes, and were simply delicious!