Forget about purchasing Christmas scented candles this year if you want your house to instantly smell like Christmas then make these Apple & Pecan Mince Pie Pinwheels! Sweet mince pie filling full those warm wintery spices, clementine zest and pecans make these the perfect festive treat to have on standby for any impromptu guests that may arrive on your doorstep.
This is a pimped up version of a simple recipe that I make every year as part of my festive baking. It couldn’t be any easier or quicker to make and literally consists of chopping, zesting, spreading and rolling so anyone can make them. A step away from the traditional mince pie due to the use of puff pastry instead of short crust pastry and the fact they are ‘open’ rather than having a pastry top make these feel slightly lighter.
- 1 sheet of ready roll puff pastry
- 4 tbsp sweet mince meat
- 1 bramley apple peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup chopped pecan nuts
- zest of 2 clemintines
- maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
Lay the puff pastry flat on top of some greaseproof paper. Spread the mince pie filling all over the pastry and sprinkle over the pecans, apples and clementine zest.
Roll the pastry into a log, and portion into 8 pieces.
Place each pinwheel flat on the baking sheet so that the swirl in pastry is facing upwards.
Bake in the oven for 20 -30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush over maple syrup while still warm to glaze.
Can be frozen and defrosted when needed.
How simple was that? If apples and pecans aren’t your cup of tea then you can easily experiment with other seasonal add-ins like chestnuts or cranberries, they’re very adaptable to individual taste buds.
I adore how amazing they make my house smell while they bake in the oven, so festive! They’re best enjoyed slightly warm with a cup of your favourite tea or coffee. Batch cooking is definitely the way to go with these because they are so simple to make. You can easily fill up your freezer with them ready for any unexpected guests that may come calling. When I have guests over I always like to offer them something and I feel slightly relieved that I have a batch of these in the freezer on standby.
Perhaps not the healthiest of treats, however, as a healthy living blogger I believe that a little of what you fancy feeds the soul and does you the world of good. Indulging at Christmas time is a must, it’s all about doing it in a balanced and healthy way. Check back next week because I’ve got some more festive recipe inspiration coming up on the blog before the big day.
Now someone pass me a pinwheel!