“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lazy Mince Pies

So let's say you're like me and you are a naturally lazy person, but you want to make some impressive holiday sweet treats. Look no further. Here are my delicious Lazy Mince Pies.

What you need:

1 pack frozen large puff pastry vol-au-vent cases
1 jar mincemeat (I used homemade vegetarian mincemeat that was given to us by a friend)
Caster sugar
Vanilla extract

First, cook those vol-au-vent cases according to the package directions. If you like, brush them with milk before cooking. I didn't bother.

When cooked and cooled, fill them with the mincemeat.

Easy so far, right? Now comes the tricky bit. (OK, it's not very tricky).

Take some caster sugar (2 or 3 tablespoons) and a clean (very important) CLEAN coffee grinder. Put the sugar in the grinder, add a tiny drop of vanilla extract, and grind that stuff into powder. 

Next you need a sieve of some sort. I couldn't find one but I did have a strainer that came with a bottle of port. Put the sugar in the strainer, and sprinkle all over the pies. 

This kind of thing. £6 from Amazon.  

Serve and enjoy. Merry Christmas.

Om nom nom.

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