Fruit Mince Pie

Fruity, mincey, piey.

  • Fruit mice pies are also known as mince, minced, mutton, shrid or Christmas pies.
  • Fruit mince pies are small pies that are filled with delicious, fruit mincemeat.
  • The fruit mince pie originated in Britain and the list of ingredients have been in use since the 13th century.
  • The modern fruit mince pie is typically 5-7.5 cm (2-3 inches) in diameter.
  • The filling of fruit mince pies usually contains raisins, sultanas, apricots, glacé cherries, candied citrus fruit peels, apples, nuts and spices.

 Fruit Minced Pie, Mutton Pie, Christmas Pie, Criss-Cross pattern, circular, Ten Random Facts

  • Fruit mince pies often have shaped or patterned pastry tops, often in the shape of a star, to represent the star of Christmas.
  • Fruit mince pies were traditionally a more savoury pie which included meat.
  • Fruit mince pies have been part of Christmas celebrations since the 16th century.
  • Fruit mince pies were historically coffin or cradle shaped, instead of the usual circular shape that we see today.
  • Fruit mince pies typically include three spices – cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, to represent the three gifts given to baby Jesus Christ.
Bibliography:
Barrow M, 2010, Mince Pies, Festivals and Celebrations, <http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/xmas/mincepies.htm>
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