We have received a report from one of the tasting team that Mince Pies are on sale in their local Sainsbury’s store.
While we welcome the re-introduction of Mince Pies, we have to wonder if it’s just a bit early to start preparing for Christmas!
We will investigate further and report back our findings.
Mince Pie Club
Mince Pies are back in the shops!
This morning, one of the tasting team reported that Mince Pies are back on sale.
While browsing round a Tesco store, in the festive section, they came across some Mr Kipling “Easter” Mince Pies.
These pies seem to have special ‘Hot Cross Bun Spices’.
As soon as we can get some of these pies to sample, we will let you know…..
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We take our Mince Pie Tasting and Reviewing very seriously.
Most people settle for a few pints down the pub to mark their birthday, or perhaps a celebratory meal.
But for Barry Donovan, his quarter-century demanded a bit more attention. So he drew up a list of 25 things to do – including breaking a world record, looking at his own DNA, and llama trekking.
He achieved one of those ambitions today, breaking the world record for eating three mince pies in least time.
Continue reading Mince-pie eating record set in Beccles
Folklore states that mince pies are a favourite food of Father Christmas, and that one or two should be left on a plate at the foot of the chimney (along with a small glass of brandy or sherry, and a carrot for the reindeer) as a thank-you for stockings well-filled.
(Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mince_pie )
English tradition demands that the mince meat mixture should only be stirred in a clockwise direction. To stir it anticlockwise is to bring bad luck for the coming year.
Another English custom is for all the family to take a turn in stirring the mincemeat mixture whilst making a wish.
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The origin of the word ‘mincemeat’ is often of interest, especially as it does not appear to contain any meat whatsoever. Up to Victorian times, the mince(meat) pie would have actually have been a spiced meat pie with some dried fruit. It has evolved to the point where the only meat in the pie is in the form of suet, an historical throwback.
Continue reading Mincemeat Filling
Recipe: Festive Mince Pies
Makes 12 Pies
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes.
Recipe from “Christmas, simple and delicious easy-to-make recipes” by Marks & Spencer.
Continue reading Festive Mince Pies
All the tasters for our reviews volunteered. They are all true Mince Pie fans, and have contributed their opinions to further our quest to find “The Ultimate Mince Pie”.
As such, the Mince Pie Club has promised to ensure their anonymity.