Smoked Mackerel Canapes

Making your own canapes doesn’t have to be a faff and incredibly time consuming. Try these – a fraction of the cost of bought ones and much bigger on flavour.

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c (fan)

 

Use a rolling pin to roll the slices of bread flat then use a 6cm cutter to but four rounds from each slice. I used a 24 hole mini muffin tin and using a pastry brush coated the insides of each cup.  Line each cup with a bread circle, brush over more butter then sifted over a dusting of fennel powder.

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the shells are baked, crispy and dark golden brown.

Remove to a cooling rack.

To make the filling simply place the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until you have a smooth paste. Load into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and fill leach croustade.  Decorate with the tiniest lemon wedge, a sprig of green and a pinch of paprika.

Once baked the croustades will keep up to two weeks in a tin.

Once filled these canapes will stay fresh for 2-3 hours


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