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Almond Marzipan Pie Pops

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About the bake

This is a great way to use up any left over pastry. You will need some paper lollypop sticks from cake decorating stores.

45Total Time
30Prep Time
15Bake Time
8Serves
Easy

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Place the flour in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter and lard into cubes and add to the flour with a pinch of salt.

  2. Step 2:

    Using your fingertips rub the butter and lard into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs (or blend it in a food processor). Stir in the caster sugar.

  3. Step 3:

    Add 2-3 tbsps of cold water, stirring into the mix with a knife until it just sticks together. If necessary add a little more water.

  4. Step 4:

    Turn the mixture out on a floured work surface and knead gently into a ball. Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes if possible. This will help the pastry relax and prevent shrinkage.

  5. Step 5:

    Set the oven to 220°c (200°c fan, gas mark 7). Roll out the pastry thinly and cut into 8 circles about 7 cm in diameter, and 8 circles about 6 cm in diameter. Place the smaller circles on a baking tray and press a lolly stick into each one.

  6. Step 6:

    Spread the centre of the pastry with a little jam. Roll a pea size piece of marzipan into a ball, place on top then place an apricot over it.

  7. Step 7:

    Dampen the edge of the pastry with a little water then place the larger circles on pastry on top. Press down well to seal, then use the prongs of a fork to mark the edge.

  8. Step 8:

    Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle well with sugar. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm or cold. These will keep for 1 day in a cake tin.

Ingredients

  • For the pastry

    • 200g Allinson's Plain White Flour
    • 50g Lard
    • 50g Butter (unsalted)
    • 0pinch Salt
    • 3 tbsp Water
    • 1 tbsp Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
  • For the filling

    • 4 tsp Jam (strawberry)
    • 8 Apricot halves (canned, drained)
    • 50g Marzipan
    • 3 tbsp Unrefined golden granulated sugar
    • 1 Egg(s) (free range) (beaten)

Utensils

  • Mixing bowl
  • Knife
  • Cling film
  • Rolling pin
  • Lolly sticks
  • Pastry brush

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