Mince pie trees

Mince pie trees

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins 20 mins plus chilling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Love mince pies? They you'll love these little tree-shaped Danish pastry-like bites, with their layers of buttery pastry bonded with fruity, gooey mincemeat

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Uncooked
Nutrition info

Nutrition per tree

kcalories
111
protein
1g
carbs
16g
fat
5g
saturates
2g
fibre
0g
sugar
9g
salt
0.16g

Ingredients

  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 425g pack ready-rolled puff pastry (2 sheets in each pack)
  • 350g jar mincemeat
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 icing sugar, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Unroll one of the pastry sheets onto a lightly floured surface, with the long edge nearest you. Spread with mincemeat, top with the second sheet of pastry, then cut in half, widthways, down the middle.
  2. For each piece, cut into 4 strips down, measuring 6cm, 4cm, 2cm, and 1cm in width. Next, cut across evenly to make 12 ‘ladders’ of pastry. Dip the knife in flour if it sticks. Brush with egg. Chill for 10 mins.
  3. Build the trees on the baking sheets. Stack the strips, mincemeat middles facing up, starting with the longest and finishing with the smallest. It helps them look more tree- like if you fold them a little in the middle, too. Once stacked, squash with your hand to flatten into a tree shape. Can be frozen for up to a month. Bake for 20 mins (25 mins from frozen) or until the pastry is golden and the mincemeat bubbling. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 mins, then lift onto a wire rack with a palette knife and let cool completely. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2009

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kayleighmk's picture
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i got so fed up making these! i doubled up the recipe and was working on making about 6 to a tray to allow space for them to spread, out of the 6 trays i made i ended up with one small container of trees (maybe 10?) that stayed together or didnt stick to the grease proof paper! it was messy and very time consuming! i got to the end of the 3rd batch and gave up unfortunately the rest went in the bin, what a waste of time and money!

dazhuntley's picture
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These are brilliant! You need an engineering degree to get them perfect but with good ingredients and some patience they certainly win over a crowd!

dazhuntley's picture
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This recipe is in the 'easy' category, but can be norsed up. Its mucky & it takes patience. But get the proportions right and they're tasty and attractive. I think they're brill and fun and everything Christmas should be

gervais's picture
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I did a practice run with these after reading the comments and Oh am I glad! I dont think I understood the stacking properly as I am not sure how you can stack mincemeat middles any other way than facing up. I also feel that the cutting, glazing and chilling process would be easier done totally on the baking sheet, as it is very fiddly transferring all the individual pieces. And not sure about everyone else but the cooking time was far too long. One of the trees did look quite good when my neice Connie doubled the bottom layer and we felt that maybe the addition of two more layers at the base of the tree would make it look more tree-like. I would appreciate advice on this as I dont like to feel beaten by a Christmas tree!! The taste however was good.

ratryn's picture
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These were lovely -t he recipe is confusing but simple when you get it straight. tasted lovely especially good for people whop dont like overpowering mincemeat

irvings_in_egypt's picture

I made these the other day for a festive school mums coffee morning and they went down a treat. It takes a bit of thinking to get your head around the recipe, but worth the effort.

I forgot to flatten, which was fine, but they do spread, so make sure you have enough space. I would make these again.

amysvoboda's picture
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I was really disppointed with this recipe. I used really good quality pastry and mincemeat and it was a little bland. It was difficult to get a decent quantity of mincemeat to stay between the pastry layers. It was incredibly messy to make and my first batch completely welded themselves to the parchment. I heavily oiled a tray and put them straight on it for the second batch which worked better. I wouldn't make them again.

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