Spiced Apple, Sesame and Honey Cigars with Mulled Punch

Crisp, golden cigars of spiced apple make a great partner for mulled wine in this delightful recipe from Paul Bloxham
By Paul Bloxham
Spiced Apple, Sesame and Honey Cigars with Mulled Punch
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Effort: medium


For the mulled punch

  • 750 ml red wine, Shiraz
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 2 oranges, juice only
  • 2 lemons, juice only
  • 2 limes, juice only
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp cranberries
  • 750 ml cider or apple juice

For the apple cigars

  • 3 russet apples
  • 200 g sweet mincemeat
  • 1/2 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp chinese five spice
  • 1 x 200 g packet filo pastry
  • 100 g butter, melted

To serve

  • 100 ml clear honey
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 200 g Greek yogurt


1. To make the punch, combine the wine, spices and citrus juices in a large saucepan. Add the sugar, cranberries and cider. Simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes before straining and keeping warm.

2. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Mix the apples with the mincemeat, chilli powder and five-spice powder.

3. Cut the sheets of pastry in half and brush each one with melted butter.

4. Spoon a sausage-shaped row of apple mixture down the centre length of the pastry and fold the ends of the filo in to seal. Brush with more butter and roll into cigar shapes.

5. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden and crisp. Drizzle the cigars with honey and scatter with sesame seeds. Serve with Greek yogurt and accompany with the mulled punch.

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