Posted 5th December 2013 by Celia Lacy
Mince pies are one of the best Christmas inventions of all time. Not only are they a brilliant excuse for a mid-afternoon cup of tea, but their simple construction - a sweet pastry case filled with rich mincemeat - means they are perfectly suited to being jazzed up with other ingredients or presented in fresh and exciting shapes and sizes. Here's our guide to 5 deliciously different mince pie ideas to keep you going all the way to the New Year!
1. Mini Mincemeat puffs
These fun mini mincemeat puffs
are the perfect addition to a festive spread. Swapping puff pastry for the traditional shortcrust makes these tasty treats feel extra indulgent, while the fancy-looking swirl shape makes them stand out in the mince pie crowd. These are so easy to make too - you could ask a few little helpers to lend a hand with spooning out the mincemeat and rolling the pastry!
2. Mincemeat and marzipan slices
Surprise Santa with a truly festive pie with a difference! These mincemeat and marzipan slices
are topped with rich mincemeat, tart cranberries and sweet marzipan stars. You could also serve these slices warm with brandy butter or cream for a delicious dessert on Boxing Day.
3. Mincemeat and cranberry puff swirls
These good-looking mincemeat and cranberry swirls
are packed with fruity flavours and have the sophisticated addition of pistachio nuts. They're ideal for impressing hard-to-please Christmas guests (who may well go back for seconds!).
4. Pink Lady apple and mincemeat tarts
Fresh apple is a delicious addition to these star-topped Pink Lady apple and mincemeat tarts
, giving them extra sweetness and added texture. You could also try adding pear or Sharon fruit for a refreshing twist.
5. Mincemeat scones with brandy butter
If you're after a pastry alternative, these mincemeat scones
are a lovely idea to serve for an afternoon of entertaining. It's also a really clever way to use up any leftover mincemeat and brandy butter!
Happy mince pie eating and Merry Christmas from Real Food!