THE HISTORY OF THE MINCE PIE…

According to Why Christmas, mince pies, like Christmas Puddings, was originally filled with meat, such as lamb, rather than the dried fruits and spices mixed as they are today. They were also first made in an oval shape to represent the manger that Jesus slept in as a baby, with the top representing his swaddling clothes. Sometimes they even had a ‘pastry baby Jesus’ on the top!

During the Stuart and Georgian times, in the UK, mince pies were a status symbol at Christmas. Very rich people liked to show off at their Christmas parties by having pies made in different shapes (like stars, crescents, hearts, tears, & flowers); the fancy-shaped pies could often fit together a bit like a jigsaw! They also looked like the ‘knot gardens’ that were popular during those periods. Having pies like this meant you were rich and could afford to employ the best, and most expensive, pastry cooks.

Now they are normally made in a round shape and are eaten hot or cold.

A custom from the middle ages says that if you eat a mince pie every day from Christmas to Twelfth Night (evening of the 5th of January) you will have happiness for the next 12 months!

On Christmas Eve, children in the UK often leave out mince pies with brandy or some similar drink for Father Christmas, and a carrot for the reindeer.

11 REASONS TO READ THROUGH THE VILLAGE KITCHEN POSTS FOR NOVEMBER…

November was a busy month for me family-wise so I only wrote a few posts but if you missed any here are the links…

  1. 3 TIPS ON A FAST & EASY WAY TO CLEAN BAKING TRAYS WITH A 2p COIN… 
  2. 16 REASONS TO READ THROUGH THE AFTERNOON TEA4TWO POST’S FOR OCTOBER 2022…
  3. FOODIE TIP OF THE DAY…
  4. Apple and Oat Crumble — Metabolic Balance Blog — My Meals are on Wheels
  5. TEN SECRET SANTA GIFTS FOR FOODIE LOVERS ALL £10 AND UNDER…
  6. 10 GREAT FREE OR NEARLY FREE FOODIE VOUCHERS FOR NOVEMBER…
  7. SAVE MONEY ON YOUR FOOD DELIVERIES…
  8. CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…#Edible Roots…Part 4…
  9. 8 LUXURY GIFTS SETS FOR HEADING OUTDOORS THIS WINTER…
  10. SANTAS CHOICE OF COLLARS AND BEDS FOR YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS…
  11. 8 CREATIVE GIFTS FOR PEOPLE IN PAIN…