Canapés are small, bite-sized appetizers that are perfect for parties, gatherings, or special occasions. They are easy to make, elegant to serve, and delicious to eat. In this article, I will show you how to make four different types of canapés inspired by the famous British baker and cook, Mary Berry. These are:
- Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Blinis
- Mini Sausage Rolls with Honey and Mustard
- Cheese and Onion Tartlets
- Chocolate and Orange Mini Cakes
You will learn how to prepare the ingredients, assemble the canapés, and bake them in the oven. You will also get some tips and tricks on how to make them ahead of time, store them, and reheat them. By following this complete step-by-step guide, you will be able to impress your guests with these delightful and tasty canapés.
What are Mary Berry Canapés?
Mary Berry Canapés are a collection of small, elegant appetizers that combine a base, such as bread or pastry, with various toppings and garnishes. Inspired by the famous British baker and cook Mary Berry, these bite-sized treats are perfect for entertaining, offering a range of flavors and textures to suit any occasion.
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Why You Love This Recipe
These canapés are not just a treat to the taste buds but also a joy to make. Here’s why they are so beloved:
- Variety: A range of options from savory to sweet means there’s something for everyone.
- Elegance: They add a touch of sophistication to any event.
- Simplicity: Instructions are straightforward, making them accessible to cooks of all skill levels.
- Customizable: Easily adapted to cater to different tastes and dietary needs.
To make Mary Berry canapés, you will need the following ingredients and equipment:
Ingredients Needed to Make Mary Berry Canapés:
For the smoked salmon and cream cheese blinis:
- 100g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 150ml milk
- Salt and pepper
- Vegetable oil
- 200g cream cheese
- 150g smoked salmon
- Fresh dill
For the mini sausage rolls with honey and mustard:
- 500g ready-made puff pastry
- Flour, for dusting
- 400g sausage meat
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 1 egg, beaten
- Sesame seeds
For the cheese and onion tartlets:
- 375g ready-made shortcrust pastry
- Flour, for dusting
- 25g butter
- 2 large onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- Salt and pepper
- 150ml double cream
- 2 eggs
- 100g mature cheddar cheese, grated
For the chocolate and orange mini cakes:
- 175g butter, softened
- 175g caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 150g self-raising flour
- 25g cocoa powder
- 1 orange, zest and juice
- 100g dark chocolate, chopped
- 50g icing sugar
- 12 mini paper cases
- A large mixing bowl
- A whisk
- A small frying pan
- A palette knife
- A baking sheet
- A wire rack
- A rolling pin
- A sharp knife
- A pastry brush
- A muffin tin
- A small saucepan
- A wooden spoon
- A mini cake tin
- A skewer
- A small microwave-safe bowl
- A piping bag
Instructions to Make Mary Berry Canapés Recipe
Step 1: Make the Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Blinis
Blinis are small, thin pancakes that are traditionally served with caviar and sour cream in Russia. They are also a popular base for canapés, as they are light and fluffy, and can be topped with various ingredients. In this recipe, we will use smoked salmon and cream cheese, which are a classic combination that goes well with the delicate flavor of the blinis.
To make the blinis, follow these steps:
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, and make a well in the center.
- In a small jug, whisk together the egg and milk. Gradually pour the mixture into the well, whisking constantly, until you have a smooth and thick batter.
- Heat a small frying pan over medium-high heat, and lightly grease it with some vegetable oil. Drop a teaspoonful of batter onto the pan, and cook for about a minute, or until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip the blini over, and cook for another minute, or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack, and repeat with the rest of the batter. You should have about 24 blinis.
- To assemble the canapés, spread some cream cheese over each blini. Top with a slice of smoked salmon, and garnish with a sprig of fresh dill.
Step 2: Make the Mini Sausage Rolls with Honey and Mustard
Sausage rolls are a British staple, which consists of sausage meat wrapped in puff pastry and baked until crisp and golden. They are usually served as a snack or a picnic food, but they can also be made into mini versions for canapés. In this recipe, we will add some honey and mustard to the sausage meat, which will give it a sweet and tangy flavor.
To make the mini sausage rolls, follow these steps:
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry into a large rectangle, about 3mm thick. Cut it into two long strips, about 10cm wide each.
- In a small bowl, mix together the sausage meat, honey, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper, and divide the mixture into two equal portions. Shape each portion into a long sausage, and place it along the edge of one of the pastry strips. Brush the opposite edge with some beaten egg, and fold the pastry over the sausage, pressing the edges to seal. Cut the pastry into 12 equal pieces, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the other pastry strip and sausage mixture.
- Brush the tops of the sausage rolls with some more beaten egg, and sprinkle some sesame seeds over them. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden, and the sausage meat is cooked through.
Step 3: Make the Cheese and Onion Tartlets
Tartlets are small, open-faced pies that are filled with various ingredients and baked in a pastry crust. They are a versatile and elegant option for canapés, as they can be made with different fillings and flavors. In this recipe, we will use cheese and onion, which are a classic and comforting combination that will please any crowd.
To make the cheese and onion tartlets, follow these steps:
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) and lightly grease a 12-hole muffin tin.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the shortcrust pastry into a thin sheet, about 2mm thick. Cut out 12 circles, about 10cm in diameter each, using a cookie cutter or a glass. Press the pastry circles into the prepared muffin tin, and prick the bases with a fork. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the butter and cook the onions, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until soft and caramelized. Add the thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool slightly.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cream and eggs. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in the cheese.
- Spoon the onion mixture evenly into the pastry cases, and pour the cream mixture over them. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and the filling is set and firm.