Puff Pastry Mince Pies with Whipped Cream

Pinnable image of puff pastry mince pies with whipped cream


Prepare yourselves for the wonder that is puff pastry mince pies with whipped cream. They are something special and I am really excited to share the recipe with you. It's so simple- anyone can make them!

It's now officially mince pie season. I know they've been in the shops since late September, but for me, all things Christmas really begin on December 1st. There's such an array of mince pies these days, that trying to choose which ones to buy can be a bit of a challenge.  I thought that my husband, top mince pie-lover that he is, had tried every different type available. Then my mother-in-law bought him a kind of mince pie that I have never seen before- puff pastry mince pies with whipped cream inside. They were an absolute revelation and we spent the next couple of weeks trying to find them again! (Morrisons in case you don't fancy making them yourself).

Home-made mince pies will always top anything you can buy and until I made these puff pastry ones filled with whipped cream, I loved to make mince pies with a frangipane topping, most of all- recipe here: Ultimate Mince Pies Sorry, Ultimate Mince Pies, but I have a new love! The soft, flaky puff pastry, with the sweetness of the mincemeat, cut through by the whipped cream... Mmmmm!

Puff Pastry mince pies look pretty impressive, especially when they have the whipped cream inside, but they are really very simple to make, especially if you use ready-made pastry, as I tend to do. Give them a whirl and become addicted like I am!


Pinnable image of mince pies filled with whipped cream



Make Puff Pastry Mince Pies with Whipped Cream



Ingredients
(makes 12-15)

500g ready-made puff pastry 
200g mincemeat
200ml double cream
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp demerara sugar
1 tbsp icing suagr
1 tbsp plain flour
butter for greasing

Method

1. Take your pastry out of the fridge a good 30 minutes before you need it, so that it can reach room temperature and be soft enough to roll out effectively.
2. Dust your surface and your rolling pin with a little plain flour. Cut the pastry into half. Roll out half the pastry, as evenly as you can, until it's around 1.5 cm thick. Leave it for a few minutes to let it shrink back a little.
3. Use a round biscuit cutter that is just slightly wider that the diameter of the holes in your cupcake tin and cut as many circles as you can. Press any leftovers together and roll out again, if there's enough to cut another circle or two.
4. Grease the inside of your cupcake tin and gently push the circles of pastry into the holes. Don't push too vigorously or the edges will fold.
5. Put a heaped teaspoon of mincemeat into each circle.
6. Pop the tray in the oven at 220 (200 fan, gas mark 6) for 15 minutes or until risen and golden.
7. While the circles are baking, dust the surface with flour again and roll out the second half of the pastry.
8. Use a round cutter that's two sizes smaller than the first one you used, to cut the matching tops for your pies.
9. Wash the circles with milk and sprinkle some demerara sugar onto each one.
10. Grease a cookie sheet and transfer the pie tops to it.
11. Pop in the oven at the same temp for 15 minutes or until baked and golden.
12. Use a teaspoon to gently remove the pie bottoms and transfer them to a cooling rack. Do the same with the pie tops when they are baked.
13. While the pies are cooling, pour the double cream into a large bowl and mix in the icing sugar.
14. Whisk the cream until it stands firm. If you accidentally over-whip it, mix some double cream back in to loosen it.
15. Once the pies are completely cool, add a heaped teaspoon of whipped cream onto the mincemeat and gently press a pie top into it. You're not trying to squash it flat, just make sure it's fixed.

Keep refrigerated and enjoy within 3 days.

raw pastry in a cupcake tray

Cooked pastry cases filled with mincemeat on a cooling rack

Cooked pastry pie tops glazed with sugar

Three puff pastry mince pies filled with whipped cream on a plate.

Three puff pastry mince pies filled with whipped cream on a plate with a Christmas tea towel

Three puff pastry mince pies filled with whipped cream on a plate- close up


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