|Modern Day Mince Pie|
Sunday, 5 December 2010
British Stuff Review: Mince Pies
Thank you to CK for bringing up mince pies in a comment on my last post re: Christmas pudding. I both like and dislike mince pies - I like them because seeing them in the shop means its coming up to Christmas time (hooray!), but dislike them because they are such a disappointment. Lovely little pastry pies filled with a sweet-ish filling and usually served with custard poured over them should be good, but sadly aren't and the history behind them makes them even worse. Oh, I should also mention that in the UK, the word mince refers to what I have always called ground beef, but modern pies actually don't contain meat. Let me explain...
The mince pie can be traced back to the 13th centrury when the crusaders returned from Europe and the Middle East. Early mince pies were sometimes called mutton pie, shrid pie and Christmas pie. Original ingredients included minced meat, suet, a range of fruits, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. This mixture was placed in a pie crust and covered with pastry. The recipe apparently developed as a