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These precious little pies were perfect for our holiday party at work. Everyone just loved and I even had a friend come up to me and told me that he grew up eating mince pie and it tastes just like the cooked version.
A mince pie, also known as minced pie, is a small British fruit-based mincemeat sweet pie traditionally served during the Christmas season. The early mince pie was known by several names, including mutton pie, and Christmas pie. Typically its ingredients were a mixture of minced meat, suet, a range of fruits, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Be assured that no meat was used in this raw rendition.
I looked up the ingredient used for a commercially made pie (just in case you were looking to take the easy way out for the holidays and purchase an already prepared one) … now does this sound appealing?
“FILLING: APPLES, WATER, CORN SYRUP, BROWN SUGAR, RAISINS, CANDIED ORANGE CITRUS PEEL (ORANGE PEEL, CORN SYRUP, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CITRIC ACID, PRESERVED WITH 1/10 OF 1% SODIUM BENZOATE AND SORBIC ACID, SULFUR DIOXIDE), MODIFIED FOOD STARCH CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: CURRANTS, MOLASSES, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, SPICE, SALT, VITAMIN C, ASCORBIC ACID, COATED, 97.5%, CITRIC ACID, MALIC ACID, PRESERVED WITH SODIUM BENZOATE.
CRUST: WHEAT FLOUR, VEGETABLE SHORTENING (PALM OIL AND SOYBEAN OIL WITH MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES), WATER, DEXTROSE, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, CITRUS FIBER, CORN SYRUP, WHEY, BAKING SODA, BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR WITH MALTED BARLEY, PRESERVED WITH POTASSIUM SORBATE.”
Why do we eat such unnecessary ingredients? Thank goodness we can easily make our own healthier versions of such treats.
The pumpkin spice mix is a combination of warm, sweet-smelling spices which can easily be made up in your very own kitchen. Combine in a small mason jar; 1/3 cup ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg or mace, 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cloves, and 1-1/2 teaspoons ground allspice. Tighten the lid and shake vigorously to mix.
This quantity amount will be more than what is needed for this recipe but with Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner, it will be nice to have some extra on hand to play with. But don’t limit this spice to just the holidays, anytime a recipe calls for cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves, use this. It adds a nice depth of flavor.
**Amie Sue’s notes: I ended up with 2 cups of extra filling. Maybe my apples were larger than they needed to be. But have no fear, nothing went to waste. I created a batch of cookies out of it. See here. I slightly modified this recipe from James Russell.
*This recipe was originally posted on Dec. 5th, 2010. Today, Oct. 22nd, 2014, I updated the photos… the recipe remains the same.