Maple, banana & pecan pop pies

Maple, banana & pecan pop pies

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Prep: 55 mins Cook: 20 mins plus chilling

Easy

makes 6

Serve up these sweet and nutty mini fruit pies with a drizzle of colourful icing and thick double cream or custard 

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal486
  • fat21g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars46g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 3 tbsp light brown soft sugar
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon, plus a pinch
  • 2 bananas, chopped in small pieces
    Banana

    Banana

    bah-nah-nah

    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 320g sweet shortcrust pastry sheet
  • 1 egg, beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 50g pecans, finely chopped
    Pecan nuts

    Pecan

    pee-kan

    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • cream or custard, to serve (optional)
    Cream

    Cream

    cree-m

    Fresh unpasteurised milk quickly separates and the fat rises to the top. This fat layer is then…

Method

  1. In a small bowl mix the cornflour, sugar, 2 tbsp maple syrup and cinnamon to make a thick paste, season with a pinch of salt. Toss the chopped banana through the mixture.

  2. Unroll the pastry sheet and use a pizza wheel to cut in half lengthways down the centre. Cut each half into 3 equal rectangles so that you have 6 rectangles in total. Turn a piece of pastry so the long side is nearest to you, and fold it in half like a book, to create a fold down the middle. Open the pastry out and spoon the fruit filling onto one side, leaving a boarder of about 1cm around the edge. Brush the beaten egg around the edges and fold the pastry again to encase the filling. Use a fork to seal the edges all the way around, then brush all over with more egg. Poke a few air holes in the top with the fork. Repeat with the remaining pastry and filling. Arrange the pop pies on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and chill for at least 30 mins, or for up to 24 hrs. Alternatively freeze for up to 2 months.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Bake the pop pies for 20 mins, or until the pastry is golden and the filling is bubbling through the holes. Remove from the oven and cool for at least 20 mins. If cooking from frozen, bake for an extra 5 mins. Meanwhile mix the remaining maple syrup with the icing sugar and a pinch of cinnamon and salt to make a thick icing. Spread thinly over the pies and sprinkle with pecans. Eat warm, or cold, for breakfast or drizzle with cream or custard for dessert.

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