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Mary Berry’s Chestnut, Cranberry and Brie Parcels

If you're looking for the perfect canapé to serve your party guests this Christmas, Mary Berry's easy chestnut, cranberry and brie parcels are delicious festive morsels.

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A festive, crisp, delicious canapé for any special party. With the taste of Christmas in each bite, we call them parcels or moneybags. Use frozen or vacuum-packed chestnuts.

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1 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, chopped
125g chestnuts, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp cranberry sauce
3 sheets filo pastry
100g butter, melted
100g firm brie, chopped into 24 small cubes

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1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan/400°F/Gas 6).

2. To make the filling, heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onions and fry over a high heat for a few minutes. Cover, lower the heat, and cook for about 10 minutes until soft. Add the chestnuts, then increase the heat and fry for 2 minutes until toasted. Spoon into a bowl and leave to cool. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and add the cranberry sauce.

3. Cut the pastry into 24 x 10cm squares. Brush each square with melted butter. Put a small tablespoon of the filling into the centre of the square. Place one cube of cheese on top. Crunch the end to seal in the middle so it looks like a moneybag. Repeat with the remaining squares.

4. Place the canapés on a baking sheet lined with non-stick paper. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden and crisp. Serve warm.


Cook the parcels on the grid shelf on the floor of the roasting oven for about 10–12 minutes.


The parcels can be made and assembled up to 6 hours ahead. Freeze well uncooked for up to 1 month.

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