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.

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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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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  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!

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  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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