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In the British tradition, mince pie is as customary at Christmas as egg nog. Colonists brought it to America, and the tradition continued.

Yet, have you ever had mince pie?
 
THE HISTORY OF MINCE PIE (MINCEMEAT PIE)

Mince pie dates back to medieval times, when it was a meat pie (as were most pies of the time) based on minced venison, and known as mincemeat pie. The recipe did include dried fruits, sugar and spices.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the meat began to disappear from the recipe, which retained the fruits and spices. Mincemeat pie evolved into the sweet and tangy mince pie we know today.
 
MODERN MINCE PIE (MINCEMEAT PIE)

Recipes typically include candied and fresh fruits, nuts, sugar, spices, wine and suet. (Suet is raw beef fat or mutton fat, particularly the hard fat found around the loins and kidneys. A vegetarian suet is made from palm oil and rice flour.)

The Walkers Shortbread folks sell boxed Luxury Fruit Mince Tarts during the holiday season, which contain a very traditional fruity and tangy filling. Very yummy.

Instead of buying and slicing a whole pie, consider them in regular (about 3″ diameter, six tarts/box) or mini sizes.

Delicious warm or cold, you can serve them plain or British-style, with clotted (devon) cream, custard sauce, or brandy sauce.

If your tastes run to American pie toppings, try vanilla ice cream or classic whipped cream or bourbon whipped cream (substitute brandy or rum).

Serve mince pie or tarts as a snack, at tea or as a traditional dessert during the season. The Walkers mincemeat contains apples, currants, sultanas and candied citrus peal. It’s sweet and lemony rather than heavily spicy, in a crisp crust.

Legend has it that mince pies were a favorite food of Father Christmas, so pie was left on a plate at the foot of the chimney as a thank-you for well-filled stockings. Perhaps you should hedge your bets by leaving a tart or two.

The tarts are available at retailers nationwide and can be found online.

 

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Walkers Mince Meat Tarts

[1] Serve a warm mincemeat tart from Walkers with a cup of tea. Very British, very seasonal. [2] We enjoy them ready-made from Walker’s (photos by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE). A box is just $7.50.

 

  




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