If you have not met with mincemeat or mince pie before, get ready to learn very interesting things about this recipe. Mince pie is a traditional British christmas pie. Mincemeat is a mixture used as mince pie filling. Since it can be stored in jars for a long time, it provides convenience when it is prepared well in advance.
Mince meat literally means finely chopped, minced meat. Although meat is used to mean meat today, it was a word used for all kinds of food in the past. Mincemeat was originally made using meat, but it has changed shape over time. However, today an ingredient called beef suet which is animal fat can still be added. I prefer to use butter. I'm not a conservative about trying different foods, but I know myself well enough to know what I like and don't like. I can eat one mince pie made using mincemeat made with beef suet in a coffee break, but I cannot cook a tray of mince pie with beef suet at home and eat all of it.
Another change I made in the recipe according to my taste was not to use alcohol. Normally, mincemeat also contains alcohol. I don't like the taste of alcohol in desserts (see tiramisu) and food (see rabo de toro). That's why I didn't use alcohol for mincemeat either. If you want to use it, you can add half a cup of rum or brandy without making any other changes.
The mincemeat recipe is okay, but I can hear you asking the mince pie recipe. Don't worry, the mince pie recipe will come next week. You already make your mincemeat and set it aside in the meantime. When the mincemeat is ready, making a mince pie is very, very easy.
Enjoy the recipe...
- 2.5 cups of raisins,
- 1/2 cup of currants,
- 1/2 cup of ground almonds,
- 1 apple,
- 1 orange,
- 1/2 cup of sugar,
- 50 g butter,
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon,
- 1 teaspoon of powdered cloves,
- 1 teaspoon of ginger,
- 1 teaspoon of allspice.
- Peel the apple and cut it into small pieces,
- Grate the peel of the orange and squeeze the juice,
- Take raisins, currants, almonds, chopped apple, orange peel, orange juice, sugar and butter in a saucepan,
- Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the ingredients soften,
- Add the spices, mix and cook for another five minutes,
- Divide into jars, close the lids tightly and store in the refrigerator after cooling.