These mincemeat twists are quick and easy to make, they are really tasty and the perfect shape for little hands to hold. They aren’t the healthiest of snacks but, hey, it’s Christmas! I’ve always been the kind of mum that believes treats are fine in moderation. Harry has healthy food 99% of the time and would ask for an apple before he asked for a biscuit any day. The occasional treat is part of life and, at 2 years old, I think it’s important that he see what a balanced diet is by experiencing a good balance of healthy food and the occasional treat. Obviously I totally understand that some people would rather avoid refined sugar completely, in which case why not check out my festive chickpea cookie recipe at the bottom of this page!
- 1 ready roll sheet of puff pastry
- 4 tbsp mincemeat (enough to cover half of the pastry)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- Finely grated zest of 1/2 an orange
- icing sugar (for dusting at the end)
- Creme fresh (for dipping!)
- Take the puff pastry out of the fridge 20 minutes before you want to make the twists.
- Roll the pastry flat and cut in half length ways.
- Spread the mincemeat evenly on one half of the pastry.
- Grate the orange zest evenly on top of the mincemeat and then lay the other half of the pastry on top. (So it’s like a mincemeat sandwich!)
- Sprinkle the caster sugar and cinnamon evenly on top.
- Cut into strips, approximately an inch wide then gently twist each one, pinching the ends together to help them keep their shape.
- Lay the twists on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake in a preheated oven at 180°c for approximately 15/20 minutes, until golden.
- Once cooled, lightly dust the twists with icing sugar and serve with creme fresh for dipping.
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