With it being only 2 days until Christmas, I wanted to share my recipe for these delicious festive Easy Mincemeat Pastry Pops!
They are 100% vegan, super quick and easy to make. They’re a great last minute bake! You’ll only need 2 ingredients to make these pastry pops – mincemeat and a puff pastry sheets. They would make a great and very delicious edible gift for Christmas too!
Mincemeat is a mixture consisting of chopped fruit and spices. Originally made with ‘beef suet’, mincemeat can also be made with vegetable suet, making it 100% plant based.
You can make you own homemade mincemeat, or alternatively, many shop bought mincemeats are now suitable for vegans.
How to make a pastry pop?
Firstly, you’ll want a sheet of puff pastry. The puff pastry I use is from the brand ‘Jus-Rol’. I pick it up in Sainsbury’s. This pastry is suitable for vegan’s and is the best roll out pastry I have ever tried! It makes for a really light and extremely flakey pastry case!
Secondly, a filling! It’s not Christmas without mincemeat. The mincemeat is a scrumptious filling for these pops, but if you don’t want to use it or are unable to find it where you live, cherry jam or conserve is a great alternative!
Before going in the oven, you’ll want to brush the pastry with some dairy-free milk and sprinkle over some sugar. This helps the pastry get a gorgeous golden colour.
Lastly, dust the pops with icing sugar. It not only adds a yummy sweetness, but makes them look snowy and festive!
I know you’re going to absolutely love this recipe!
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Preheat oven to 200°C fan and line 2 large baking trays with grease proof paper.
Unroll the pastry sheet leaving in baking paper. Use a rolling pin to slightly flatten out any wrinkles in the pastry.
Using festive cookie cutters or festive homemade templates, cut out your shapes. Roll out the scraps to cut out a few more shapes.
Transfer these pastry shapes to the refrigerator while you cut out the other sheet.
Lay some wooden / food grade sticks on the grease proof paper. Now place half of the shapes on top of the sticks, spaced evenly apart. These will puff up slightly in the oven. Having the sticks will crate the ‘pops’. If you wanted regular ‘hand held pastry parcels’, leave out the sticks.
Fill the center of each shape with a tablespoon of the mincemeat / your chosen filling, leaving a small border around the edge. Press a coordinating shape on top.
Dip a fork in some flour and crimp the edges of the pastry together (watch the tutorial here). This prevents the filling from oozing out when baking.
Brush the top of each pastry with some dairy-free milk, and sprinkle over some sugar.
Place the tray one at a time in the oven and bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until the pastry is golden in colour.
Once fully baked, remove the tray from the oven and place the other tray in to bake and repeat.