Old Recipes, New Recipes

Susan at Our French Oasis recently published a recipe both for mince pies and their filling. It was too tempting to resist. I have long had my grandmother’s recipe for mock mince meat, which was quite tasty. Still, when I received the recipe, I was astonished at the quantities, even as someone who cans. It is in pecks and pounds. There is a lot of boiling and re-boiling and rinsing and boiling again in it. So even though it was delicious, I have not made it.


Susan’s recipe was smaller, very similar to my grandmother’s except for the green tomatoes, and did not require boiling water processing. I thought, ‘now here’s something I can make.’


The recipe calls for raisins, currants, sultanas, orange and lemon, apple, brown sugar, spices most people have on hand, and a little brandy. I got to work this afternoon and pulled all that together on the stove. Susan mentioned she likes to toss in a handful of cranberries, which were not available in France yet, but I had them on hand.


She recommends making the pies in a muffin tin. It works a treat!

This stuff smells fabulous while it’s cooking, which is part of the point of holiday cooking. Once it was done, I followed her instructions for making mince pies using a muffin tin.


And here they are with their tops. And a bit of cinnamon sugar…

The nice thing about these delicious little treats is that they are small and–at least with this recipe–not too sweet. I can see having these with coffee, tea, or a robust red wine. Check out her blog for all the details. These are fast and very tasty.


I’ve been feeding these to people and so far, they have all been pleased.

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23 Responses to Old Recipes, New Recipes

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    Look scrummy!

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Gosh, they look delicious!

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  3. Sylvie G says:

    It looks like you are getting ready for Christmas! I definitely would have the version with cranberries.

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  4. KerryCan says:

    I’m not a big fan of mincemeat but these look very good–and I love the idea of the small pies made in a muffin tin! Seems to me that could work for any pie recipe!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      A friend mentioned that on Sunday–that you could do anything that way, but I think a lot of pie filling might be too moist and thus a bit problematic. I like the fact they are small as well. Someone at work thought they were cookies!


  5. Throw one up north. If your aim is good, I just may catch it. And no, I won’t try making it myself, but I sure am glad that you did. A christmas tradition!

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  6. Mary Tang says:

    I know I would love it with a cup of tea. A small one works for me; I’m diabetic.

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  7. I admire your prowess in the kitchen. My mom was a good cook, but I never developed the interest. These look so tasty. I’m glad you found a more manageable recipe, Lisa.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks, Alys. I think having a family kills any desire to cook–so many different likes and complaints and it happens every day!! I’m glad for this recipe as well, though I may try my grandmother’s if I ever have a peck of green tomatoes left over from the garden!


  8. Karen says:

    Mincement pie is a favorite in our house and your little ones look good. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

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  9. Boomdeeadda says:

    Well they look pretty! I’m not sure I’d be a fun…I’d love the dough cooked with the sugar and cinamon without the fruit filling….that would be a bit of a shortcut 😀 Happy New Year Lisa!! xo k

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