Two weeks ago we decided it was time to embrace the Christmas spirit and put up our Christmas tree. Now, some of you might think or say that the middle of November is way too early to put up the Christmas deccies – however this is 2020 we are talking about, so the rulebook has been thrown out the window and we could not be happier.
First of all, I am fairly confident in saying that when one decides to decorate their house for Christmas is entirely up to them as it does not impact anyone else in any way, shape or form, and secondly, if there was ever a better time to do something a bit out of the ordinary, this is it. This year has been a rollercoaster of emotions and has brought so many different challenges to people all around the world. There are so many things that we have no control over, and it has not been easy to come to terms with that. However, there are also things that we do have control over, and we should definitely all do more of what makes us happy, as long as it does not negatively impact us or those around us. I can wholeheartedly say that putting up our Christmas deccies early has been one of the best decisions we have made this year (there weren’t as many as there usually are!).
So two Sundays ago, our lovely friend Rachel brought us some vegan homemade mincemeat that she had made (thank you Rachel!), and I decided to put on some Christmas music and have a go at making Puff Pastry Mince Pies before we started decorating our Christmas tree. It was a lot of fun and we even got to have some mulled wine and watch the first Christmas film of this year, which had to be How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We also watched some wintery vlogs from our favourite travel vloggers, Steve and Jess from Flying the Nest.
This Puff Pastry Mince Pie recipe is super easy and quick to make, and a great one to get any kids involved in too! They are best served fresh out of the oven, maybe in a bowl with some vegan cream poured over (or you can have them as they are), but you can totally enjoy them once they have cooled down as well. You essentially need some store-bought vegan puff pastry, mincemeat, the zest from one orange (if you don’t like or can’t have orange, you can substitute for the zest of another citrus fruit, like clementine or even lemon), flaked almonds and icing sugar, and you can have these ready to nom on in less than 30 minutes!
Super Easy Puff Pastry Mince Pies
A puff pastry alternative to traditional mince pies
- 1 x 350-400g jar of mincemeat
- 1 x 320g roll of ready rolled vegan puff pastry (we use Jus-Rol but Aldi’s is vegan too)
- 25 g flaked almonds
- The zest of one large orange (you can sub for clementine or lemon)
- 2 tsp icing sugar
- A couple of tbsp of plant milk, to brush the pastry
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (or 180 degrees if using a fan oven)
- Choose a small cookie cutter, then cut the pastry in 12 squares (making sure they are slightly bigger than the cookie cutter) and score a circle in each square
- Add about two tablespoons of the mincemeat, along with the orange zest and almond flakes
- Brush the pastry corners with plant milk, then pop in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown
- Once removed from the oven, dust them with some icing sugar and enjoy!