Shortcrust canape selection

Perfect party food for any occasion

Ingredients (Makes 20)

  • 1 x pack of Jus-Rol Shortcrust Sheets, thawed
  • Beaten egg to glaze
  • 50g/2oz freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 200ºC, 400ºF, Gas 6.

Lay out the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface and cut out 20 discs using a 5cm/2in plain cutter. Arrange on nonstick baking sheets, brush each disc with beaten egg and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown, cool slightly before topping with any of the following ideas:

1 tsp mascarpone cheese, 1⁄2 tsp red onion marmalade, 1⁄2 slice of bresaola (or Parma ham), sprig of parsley to garnish.

1 tsp soured cream, 1 small strip of smoked salmon, grated lime zest and a sprig of dill to garnish.

If using the Brie or nut serving suggestions (below) add the cheese or nuts to the pastry disc before baking. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown, then top with the garnishes.

Brie toppings

After baking (see above), top with:

a wedge of fresh fig topped with a sprig
of thyme, or

1 tsp cranberry sauce and 1 blanched
baby asparagus tip, to garnish.

Rosemary and nut topping

Add nuts (we’ve used cashews and hazelnuts) to the uncooked pastry discs, bake for 10-12 minutes, then top with melted butter, chopped rosemary, a pinch of brown sugar and a little salt.

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