Sunday, October 13, 2013


makes twelve

For the pastry
5½ oz plain flour
3½ oz cold butter, cut into cubes
1 free-range egg, beaten

For the bacon and egg filling
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
4 thin rashers rindless streaky bacon, cut into 2 inch strips
2 free-range eggs, hard boiled, peeled
4 tablespoons mayonnaise 
salt and fresh ground black pepper 
6 quails’ eggs, hard boiled, peeled
fresh rocket leaves

For the pastry pulse the flour and butter in a food processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. With the motor running, add the beaten egg and blend until the mixture starts to come together in a ball. Shape the dough into a ball and flatten slightly. Roll the pastry out on a floured work surface, and using a 3-inch cutter, cut out 12 rounds. Use them to line a 12 hole muffin tin. Prick the base of the pastry with a fork, and freeze for one hour. Preheat the oven to 400F. Bake the pastry cases for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. For the bacon and egg filling, heat the oil in a small non-stick frying pan and fry the bacon over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes on each side until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper. Mash the hens’ eggs with the mayonnaise, adding salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Spoon the mixture into the pastry cases. Cut the quails’ eggs in half and place on top. Add a strip of bacon to each one and garnish the canapés with rocket leaves.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Hairy Bikers, The Hairy Bikers' Christmas Party, BBC-Food

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