Italian birthday parties always have some sort of savoury pastries in the menu. I remember my mum buying a huge tray filled with all sorts of what we call “rustici” (small puff pastry parcels filled with different goodies) at our local bakery. I have always had more of a savoury tooth rather than a sweet one, so these were on the top of my “can’t-wait-to-eat” list! As no local bakery carries rustici here, I usually make some myself. They are not hard to make after all… all you need is some good puff pastry and lots of fantasy, as you can fill them basically with anything you like. For a kids party, I definitely recommend these Pizza flavoured pastries, as all kids love pizza, right? You simply need some tomato purée, oregano, mozzarella and, if you like them, anchovies. You can make 100 of these in 20 minutes! Not bad, eh?? Enjoy!
- Mix the tomato purée and oregano together.
- Spread this mixture onto 2 of the puff pastry sheets. Add the chopped anchovies and the shredded mozzarella.
- Top with the remaining puff pastry sheets and press them close with your fingers.
- Using a pizza cutter, cut the 2 sets of filled pastry into 2.5 cm – 1 inch squares. Do not detach the squares at this point or the filling will come out while baking!
- Brush them with milk and bake them in a pre-heated oven at 200°C – 390°F for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- When ready, let them cool down for 5 minutes, then detach them with your hands or using the pizza cutter.
- Let them come back to room temperature before serving.