- *Rustic = A euphemism for ‘looks like they were assembled by a toddler’.
- **Festive = I wanted to use the seasonal ‘C’ word but felt I might get beaten up by scrooges if I did.
I haven’t been feeling 100% all week. Each day brings on a new symptom and today at work was tough.
The boy was going to a gig. I wanted to go to the gig but couldn’t afford it. Normally I would use a night in without the boy as a good excuse to get my bake on, but I felt so shattered after work that all I could muster the energy to do was to put anchovies on my pizza.
Then I saw in the fridge was a packet of frozen puff pastry I had taken out to defrost on Sunday with the intention of using it on Monday.
And the packet recommended using within 24 hours of defrosting. Aye Aye Aye.
So after a quick energy boost (double shot of fake Baileys) I got to it.
1 x 500g Block of puff pastry
1 x 400g Jar of mincemeat
My cooking often involves a random ingredient that caught my eye. So at step 2 I also threw in 4 apple & rosehip tea bags and a bit of orange juice. You don’t necessarily have to copy me.
- Defrost your puff pastry the night before according to packet instructions and then roll out into a large square/rectangle shape and cut into 4 equal shapes.
- Cut your apples into small pieces and place in a large pot with the sugar (I didn’t give a measurement because, well, I just threw it in. If you like to be exact I would say 75g is enough). Cover with boiling water and bring back to the boil.
- Cook until tender.
- Once cooked, drain, and mix in the jar of mincemeat (true story, mincemeat used to contain meat, but generally doesn’t now, but I thought it did and didn’t eat a mince pie until I was something like 17 because I thought it would compromise my at the time vegetarian beliefs).
- Divide the mix across the four puff pastry squares and then pull up the edges until you have little parcels (or you could be really neat and bring out a protractor or something and have something a bit more professional looking).
- BONUS STEP! I meant to do this, but then forgot. Lightly brush the parcels with a milk and/or egg wash.
- Bake in the oven on gas mark 4 for a very long time because you are watching the new episode of your favourite show ‘Eat Well For Less’ and don’t want to miss any of it (The episode was an hour long)
- BONUS STEP! Turn off the oven but leave the parcels in to stay warm and then go to the shops to get ice cream because the boy refused to do this for you earlier. What a d***.
- Watch today’s episode of Neighbours whilst eating the parcel. And then watch Eat Well For Less again.