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Quick and Easy Mini Puff Pastry Tarts With Four Variations

Gabriel loves to cook all kinds of foods, from baking to a full roast dinner.

Curried Egg Mayo

Curried Egg Mayo

When I have friends over for Sunday lunch, I like to make mini pastries to serve for pre-lunch canapés. I choose a variety of fillings including prawn Marie Rose, smoked salmon with cream cheese, mushroom bites, bacon bites, coronation chicken and beef with horseradish plus similar fillings.

With our get-togethers being a lot smaller these days and perhaps for many of us being in our family bubbles, socialising is a little different than the norm. I thought, why not make a few quick and easy mini pastries that even the kids will love? Vamp up your Sunday brunch with a few cost-effective and fun pastries.

Cut pastry into square shapes and use a knife to make an inner square

Cut pastry into square shapes and use a knife to make an inner square

Pastry Instructions

  1. Use a ready-made puff pastry for your mini pastries, cutting into squares like the above picture.
  2. Make an inner square (see photo above) but don't cut through the pastry.
  3. Using a small pastry brush dap a little water around the border. This will help it rise.
  4. Place on a baking tray and bake according to the package instructions (usually 240 degrees for 15-20 minutes till golden brown).
  5. Remove from the oven, allow to cool. Remove the pastry top and fill the middle with your filling and replace the top.

1. Curried Egg Mayo

Yield: 12 mini pastries

Ingredients

  • 100 grams ready-made puff pastry
  • 2 boiled eggs, shelled
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Method

  1. Using a fork, mash the eggs in a small bowl.
  2. Add the curry powder and mix (adding extra if you like).
  3. Add the mayonnaise and mix.
  4. Using a teaspoon, put the mixture into the mini pastries and serve.
Feta, Pesto, Red Pepper and Tomato Pastries

Feta, Pesto, Red Pepper and Tomato Pastries

2. Feta, Pesto, Tomato and Red Pepper

Yield: 12 mini pastries

Ingredients

  • 100 grams ready-made puff pastry
  • 100 grams feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • diced red pepper

Method

  1. Cut and bake the ready-made puff pastry as before.
  2. Remove pastry top and sprinkle in the feta cheese.
  3. Add the red pepper and a quartered cherry tomato.
  4. Lastly spoon over the pesto to serve.

Homemade Pesto Recipe

Brie and Tomato Chutney Puff Pastries

Brie and Tomato Chutney Puff Pastries

3. Brie and Tomato Chutney

Yield: 12 mini pastries

Ingredients

  • 100 grams ready-made puff pastry
  • 100 grams brie cheese, cut into small squares
  • 2 tablespoons tomato chutney
  • snipped chives, to garnish

Method

  1. Cut and bake the ready-made puff pastry removing the pastry five minutes before it is ready.
  2. Remove the pastry top and spoon in the tomato chutney.
  3. Pop in a square of brie cheese and return to the oven for five minutes.
  4. Remove and sprinkle over the snipped chives and serve.
Apple Puff Pastries With Sesame Seeds

Apple Puff Pastries With Sesame Seeds

4. Apple With Sesame Seeds

Yield: 12 mini pastries

Ingredients

  • 100 grams ready-made puff pastry
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)

Method

  1. Cut the pastry into squares as before but don't make the border.
  2. Place a teaspoon of the apple in the center of each square and sprinkle over a little sugar.
  3. Pull each corner into the middle, like an envelope.
  4. Bake as before (240 degrees for 15-20 minutes) or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle over the sesame seeds (optional).
  6. Serve with cream, ice cream or custard if desired.

More Filling Options

Savory

  • Tuna (tinned) mayonnaise
  • Salmon (tinned) Marie Rose (mayonnaise and ketchup mixed with a squeeze of lemon juice)
  • Feta cheese and sliced black olives (pitless)
  • Chopped cooked ham with a dollop of dijon mustard
  • Chopped cooked ham with sliced pineapple
  • Soft boiled quail eggs (halved) with a little mayonaise and a sprinkle of paprika
  • Chunky cucumber raita
  • Leftover chilli con carne with sour cream
  • Leftover curry with natural yogurt
  • Leftover roast chicken, shred and mix with sweet chilli sauce

Sweet

  • Custard
  • Whipped cream and a strawberry slice
  • Whipped cream and a banana slice with a drizzle of honey
  • Lemon curd
  • Peanut butter and jelly

Filling Challenge

Ok boys and girls, let's see how many fillings we can come with to add to our mini pastry filling list...

© 2020 Gabriel Wilson

Comments

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on July 30, 2020:

Good idea Liza, especially for picnics. You could bring the fillings in a seperate tub and everyone help themselves :)

Liza from USA on July 27, 2020:

All you four variation of puff pastries look delicious, Gabriel. I think they will be great for snacks or picnic food. One of these days, I'm going to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on July 26, 2020:

Thanks Peggy. My little one loves making these and eating them :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2020:

Your mini puff pastry tarts would be pleasing to the eyes as well as the palette. I like the sound of many of your flavor combinations. Thanks!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on July 25, 2020:

Hey Abby, cinnamon a great alternative to the seasame seeds. Ricotta is a good choice too. Thank you :)

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on July 25, 2020:

Yeah I like them the most too! Happy days Eric...

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on July 25, 2020:

Hi Liz, that's the very word I needed, versatile! Thank you :)

Abby Slutsky from America on July 24, 2020:

These look yummy, easy and impressive. What a nice idea. I would probably go for a chopped mushroom, ricotta and chive filling, but for sweet an apple cinnamon topping would be perfect. Great idea. The assortment would please everyone.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 24, 2020:

Delicious. I will make apple puffs - yum!

Liz Westwood from UK on July 24, 2020:

This is a great idea. It's simple and very versatile.

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