Thursday 22 November 2018

Christmas Star Bites

Well, it's been a while since I've done a bake and as the festive feeling is spreading over my blog lets create some festive bakes too!

As always I've done this as cheap as possible and for a couple of pounds the results are yummy!

Star shaped pastries with icing sprinkled over the top, some on a wire rack and some on a napkin

Want to try this easy bake? You will need.........
  • Pastry - 85p @ Lidl
  • Rum & raisin mincemeat - £1.29 @ Lidl
  • Icing sugar - £1.49 @ Lidl 
  • 1oz of milk
  • 1 egg
  • Spread or butter
  • Chopping board
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Baking tray (2 if possible, if not bake one batch and then bake another later)
  • Star shaped cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Milk brush or a spoon
  • Wire rack or plate
  • Knife or spatula
  • Sieve
Some of the ingredients and utensils listed

Prep time is 15 minutes for 24 stars, with a 20 minute bake time. 

Preheat the oven to 180c and grease and line the baking tray with the greaseproof paper, using a dab of spread or butter to secure it. Roll out the pastry onto the chopping board and cut out 48 small stars. You may need to ball up the excess and roll out again to make use of all the pastry, just make sure you keep the pastry as thin as when you originally rolled it out the packet!

Pastry rolled out and being cutout with a star shaped cutter

Lay out 24 of the stars onto the baking trays, ensuring there's some space between each one. It doesn't matter if you only have one tray, just bake one batch and then do another after!

Pastry cut out into stars and laid on a baking tray

Spread on a thin layer of the mincemeat on to the stars and place another star on top. 

Mincemeat on the stars

Mincemeat on the stars

Whisk the egg and milk together and use the brush or spoon to seal the stars. 

Egg and milk beaten together in a jug

Stars being sealed with the egg and milk mix with a pastry brush

Bake on 180c for 20 minutes until golden brown. Then use the spatula or knife to transfer the bites to a wire rack or plate to cool. Keeping the star bites on the wire rack, place over  the chopping board and use the sieve to sprinkle icing sugar over the top.

Baked stars on a wire tray with icing sugar sprinkled over them

You're finished! Enjoy with a nice cup of tea or maybe even a Baileys!

Finished star bites on a wire rack and napkin

Mummy Snowy Owl

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