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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Easy Mincemeat 'Sausage' Rolls!

Last week for the Booths Cheers party I was given a 'Secret Mission' to make mince pies with a twist.
Now, the box with the wine arrives on Tuesday and as I'm at work all day, I didn't get my mission instructions until I got home on Tuesday evening.  The party is on Wednesday night,  so not a lot of time to prepare.  I knew I had some ready rolled puff pastry sheets in the freezer and a jar of my 'Instant Chocolate Mincemeat' in the fridge.  I initially planned to make some mincemeat pinwheels but, flicking through 'How to Bake' by Paul Hollywood I noticed some sausage rolls...I wonder?

I took the pastry out of the freezer in the morning, so when I came in from work, I assembled my ingredients:
Ready rolled puff pastry - check
Approx 300g Instant chocolate mincemeat - check
2tbsp ground almonds - check
eggs (2) - check
grated zest of an orange - check
1 tbsp Croft Indulgence Finest Reserve Port from Booths - check

This isn't an exact recipe, put the mincemeat in a bowl, mix in one beaten egg. 1 tbsp port and 2 tbsp of ground almonds.  Divide the pastry in two lengthways, divide the mincemeat mixture between the two strips of pastry.  Beat the other egg and brush egg wash around the edges. Sprinkle the mincemeat with grated orange zest.
 Fold the pastry over and press with a fork, brush with egg wash and cut into  bite sized pieces.
Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 200C for 10-15 minutes until puffed up and golden.  Leave to cool slightly, then serve dusted with icing sugar.

These are quite possibly the easiest mincepies I have ever made. The ground almonds helps to bind the mincemeat together and the orange zest gives a lovely fresh flavour to the 'sausage' rolls.

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At 8 December 2012 at 23:03 , Blogger fiona maclean said...

they look lovely as always janice...and I might just manage something like this myself!

At 8 December 2012 at 23:03 , Blogger Caroline said...

Ooh, I like the sound of mincemeat sausage rolls! And I like the sound of chocolate mincemeat too. They look great, I might 'borrow' your idea :-)

At 9 December 2012 at 07:15 , Blogger Chele said...

That is a totally brilliant idea. Think I may need to add some of these beauties to my baking list this festive season!

At 9 December 2012 at 09:24 , Blogger Unknown said...

Genius! I could have added these to my 6 ways to make 7 ways... I love the idea and its so simple. I guess they're a little like strudel which is wonderful. Love a quick fire Christmas tip x

At 9 December 2012 at 13:52 , Blogger Kate@whatkatebaked said...

Such an inspired idea Janice!

At 9 December 2012 at 14:47 , Blogger Maya said...

What a brilliant idea! I always put off making mince pies as it takes too long to per bake the pastry, this cuts the time out in half! I love it!

At 10 December 2012 at 11:55 , Anonymous laura@howtocookgoodfood said...

Janice these are gorgeous and I am amazed you manage to rustle them up so quirky. Just goes to show that that good cooking and recipes don't have to take long to cook. My kids would love these as would I!

At 10 December 2012 at 20:18 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

I had to make nibbles and manage t make them on the day! Just! These look fabulous Janice and anything with mincemeat in it has my name on it! Karen

At 10 December 2012 at 21:37 , Blogger Janice said...

Thank you for all your lovely comments. It's such a simple idea, I don't know why I didn't think about doing it before!

At 13 December 2012 at 14:37 , Blogger Angela M - Garden Tea Cakes and Me said...

Absolutely fabulous idea Janice love them!


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