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Mince Pie

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go The first recipe is the English Christmas evergreen Mince Pie. I wondered about the taste of this traditional English recipe since I found the ready made mincemeat, surfing the Internet looking for some info.
I found out that it comes from the age of the Crusades, but probably it is even more ancient: the Romans, in fact, used to make a similar pie for the Saturnalia, their equivalent to Christmas.

I decided to go for a version as close to the original as possible. I used beef mince, instead of mutton or lamb, and for the dried fruit I based the choice on my personal taste.

Mince pie stuffing
Mince Pie Filling

Ingredients

  • 250g minced beef
  • 200g cooking apples
  • 50g ground toasted almonds
  • 50g sultanas/raisins
  • 50g dehydrated blueberries
  • 300g shortcrust pastry
  • 40g honey
  • 200ml apple cider
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 4 cloves
  • Orange zest
  • Lemon zest
Mince Pie
Baked Mince Pie

Method

  • Sauté the meat in a large pan with the butter. Let it change colour.
  • Add the diced apples, the honey, the spices and the zest and stir everything together.
  • Add the blueberries, the raisins and the almonds and keep mixing. Turn down the heat and let the liquids to evaporate.
  • Pour the cider and let it cook for about half an hour, the liquid have to evaporate completely.
  • Once the mincemeat looks dry, remove it from the stove and let it rest for about half an hour.
  • Prepare two sheets of shortcrust, one bigger for the bottom and one smaller for the cover.
  • Put the bigger sheet inside a tray; leave one inch of edge, since you are going to use it to close the pie.
  • Pour the stuffing inside the tray and cover it with the smaller sheet.
  • Bend the edge of the shortcrust sheet, the bigger one, to close the stuffing inside and rub an egg yolk on top the pie. Bake it in the oven at 160 °C for about 50 minutes.
  • Take it out and let it cool on an oven rack.

 

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