It is all the little things that remind me we aren’t in the US anymore…
Oh my goodness. Who would have ever thought of a mincemeat dessert like that. So few people I know even like mincemeat.
So how are things? What’s the weather like where you are? We’re in a pineapple express, starting today. Expecting lots of flooding in the next few days. It looks like it will rain until at least Thursday.
We all miss you all. We have our Holiday Potluck on Monday and we will be thinking of you both. Have a Great Holiday.
Looks good, will you bring me one?
Hey, how cool is THAT! Only at Mickey D’s! Gotta love it!
Gross! I was in a McDonalds today in Leicester. Didn’t happen to see that. Of course I wasn’t looking…
Mince pies are a traditional British Christmas treat that go back centuries. The term mincemeat is a little misleading as it almost never contains meat these days, although historically that was the case.
The bastardised version you have found at McDonald’s looks quite similar to their take on an apple pie (another British pie, but one adopted by Americans) and I assume they are both equal shadows of ones you might make at home.
You will see lots of them in supermarkets, but obviously homemade ones are better. A lazy alternative to making them completely from scratch is to buy the mincemeat already prepared in a jar and just make the pastry, put the two together and bake. As with everything, it won’t be hard to find a recipe online.
They can be eaten hot or cold, but when hot are normally served with cream, custard or (best of all) brandy butter.
Not much of our Christmas cuisine seems to have survived the trip across the Atlantic and so there are lots of things to look out for. Apart from mince pies there is also Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, Yule (or Christmas) log, sloe gin, mulled wine (common under different names in lots of countries) and Christmas crackers (not food, but appear on the Christmas table — you can buy them in shops too, but it’s a fun family activity to make your own).
By the way, if you can explain why Americans are so averse to fruit cake (Christmas cake is a type of fruit cake), I would love to hear it. 🙂
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