Bacon and egg canapés

Preparation time
1-2 hours

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves
Makes 12



From The Hairy Bikers' Christmas Party

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 150g/5½oz plain flour
  • 100g/3½oz cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten

For the bacon and egg filling

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 thin rashers rindless streaky bacon, cut into 5cm/2in strips
  • 2 free-range eggs, hard boiled, peeled
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 quails’ eggs, hard boiled, peeled
  • fresh rocket leaves

Method

  1. For the pastry pulse the flour and butter in a food processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

  2. 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.

  3. Roll the pastry out on a floured work surface, and using a 7.5cm/3in cutter, cut out 12 rounds. Use them to line a 12 hole muffin tin.

  4. Prick the base of the pastry with a fork, and freeze for one hour.

  5. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Mash the hens’ eggs with the mayonnaise, adding salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  9. Spoon the mixture into the pastry cases.

  10. 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.

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