Thursday, November 24, 2011

My First Pie

Every Thanksgiving my Father enjoys a Mince Meat Pie. This year Thanksgiving was at my house and I decided to make the pie. I have never made a pie here we go!

What is a Mince Meat Pie?
A mince pie, also known as minced pie, is a small British sweet pie traditionally served during the Christmas season. Its ingredients are traceable to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meats, fruits and spices.

The early mince pie was known by several names, including mutton pie, shrid pie and Christmas pie. Typically its ingredients were a mixture of minced meat, suet, a range of fruits, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Served around Christmas, the savoury Christmas pie (as it became known) was associated with supposed Catholic "idolatry" and during the English Civil War was banned by the Puritan authorities. Nevertheless, the tradition of eating Christmas pies in December continued through to the Victorian era, although by then its recipe had become sweeter and its size reduced markedly from the large oblong shape once observed. Today the mince pie remains a popular seasonal treat enjoyed by many across the United Kingdom.

Pie Crust (pre-made but its my first time so go easy on me!)

Filling (again pre-made)

Now the process :)

Not bad for a first try! I'll have to tell you how it tastes after the meal

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