Take the pastry out of the fridge (ready rolled puff pastry)
Turn on the oven
Wait a few minutes (have a cup of tea?)
5 minutes of preparation
Place in oven
20 minutes later start enjoying mince pies!
Step 1: Gather the Elements
You need (for 12 mince pies like these)
1 x ready rolled puff pastry - take out of the fridge and allow to get to room temperature
1 x jar mincemeat (actually you only need 12 tea-spoonsfull - about 120g or 4Oz)
1 x egg (for optional egg wash)
a baking tray, and
an oven... pre-heat to gas mark 6, 200C, 400F, 'moderately hot', (180C or equivalent if its a fan oven)
and a couple of tools.
Step 2: Get Ready With the Pastry
Allow around 10 minutes to reach room temperature
Collect your tools :
- a teaspoon and a knife work for me, with a fork to beat the egg.....
Beat the egg while the pastry, and the oven, warm up.
Step 3: Assemble Your Mince Pies....
Open out the pastry sheet
Use the knife to turn into 12 rectangles
Add a tea-spoonful of mincemeat to one end of each rectangle, leaving enough space to seal the pastry when you fold it over.
Make a parcel, and press the sides together to keep the mincemeat in the pastry.
Prick each parcel, to let steam escape
Apply the eggwash - as uniformly as you like....
Step 4: Bake, and Enjoy
The pastry comes on its own baking paper which can go into the oven on a baking tray.
Cook for 20-25 minutes (see below)
leave to cool on a rack
I have used supermarket (Aldi) pastry, and JusRol. The Aldi pastry is a slightly bigger sheet, so the pies are bigger and take slightly longer to cook. They taste just as good!