Christmas party season is upon us and if you are hosting a party, or need to take some food along to one, easy to make treats that are also delicious are top of the baking list. These tartlets fit the bill perfectly, sweet cranberry sauce and smooth savoury brie go together perfectly in a crispy pastry case. I think I will be taking these along to my family's annual Christmas Eve buffet!
I started by making the pastry. I mixed 175g plain flour and 85g butter together and rubbed with my fingers until it resembled breadcrumbs. I added 1 egg and brought it together to form a dough. I also had to add a splash of milk as it was a bit dry. I wrapped it in cling film and chilled in the fridge for 1 hour. You can buy ready made if you need to save extra time.
I made the cranberry filling by mixing together 250g smooth cranberry sauce, 50g dried cranberries and 1 tbsp port. You don't have to add port if you don't want to.
I chopped up the brie into pieces, leaving the rind on. If you really hate the rind you can remove it of course.
I rolled out the pastry until it was quite thin, about 1-2mm. I cut rounds out using an 8cm round cutter. I got 21 tarts from the pastry.
I greased a tartlet/mince pie tray and put the rounds of pastry in, gently tapping them down into the tin.
I put about 1 tsp of the cranberry mixture into the pastry and topped with a square of brie.
I baked them on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 10-15 minutes until golden. When they came out of the oven I sprinkled some finely chopped pecans on them. You could use walnuts or almonds too.
The tartlets are so delicious and incredibly moreish! I ate 3 while writing this post! And I really want to go and get another one...
I am submitting this post to the LV= Very British Cookbook.