Mincemeat and Custard Parcels 

I love pastry. I’ve loved custard even longer. Mince pies took a while to grow on me, but I’m a fan for about a decade. Add the three together in the easiest Christmas dessert ever and you’ve got a winner. I made these last year as part of the Craft Advent series on Where Wishes Come From and decided to share them here too in case you missed them.

 

Mincemeat and Custard Parcels

This recipes yields 9 good sized ones

Ingredients

1 jar of mincemeat (you won’t need a full jar)

1 small pot of readymade custard

1 roll of readymade rolled puff pastry (I get mine in Aldi)

1 egg (beaten)

Flour for dusting

Optional: Icing sugar for sifting over it to make it look fancy when it’s cooled.

Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

First, roll out the puff pastry sheet a little. Then cut it in half.

On one half place nine teaspoon sized dollops of mincemeat evenly spaced apart with plenty of room around the edges.

Top each blob of mincemeat with a slightly smaller blob of readymade custard.

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Next, place the “empty” pastry sheet on top of the one that you’ve laden with mincemeat and custard. Press all around the little mounds .of mincemeat and custard to seal them in, then press around the outside edges with the side of a fork to close them properly.

Cut into nine squares aka parcels. Paint the parcels with the beaten egg (not essential but they will look so much prettier).
Carefully lift each parcel onto the baking tray, place in the oven and cook for 18-20 minutes until they are golden brown.

Fight the kids off until they’re cool enough to eat. Then wish you’d bought a second pack of pastry as they’re all gone in no time.

 

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If you like this you’ll love my Mincepie Muffins, they’re just as easy to make and very, very Christmassy (garish decoration optional)

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