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#11 15 years ago

See? Wiener knows where it's at.




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#12 15 years ago

British. Don't hate us because we're better than you :D


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#13 15 years ago

i like shepards pie more




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#14 15 years ago

Apple is my pie of choice.




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#15 15 years ago

WikipediaThese small pies, usually between 2 and 3 inches in diameter (5 - 7.5 centimetres), can be made using either sweet shortcrust pastry or puff pastry.

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. The filling is nowadays made from fruit mincemeat (fruitmince to North Americans) containing dried fruit such as raisins, currants, cherries, apricot, candied peel; spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg; nuts such as walnuts or chopped almonds; suet; and some kind of alcohol, usually either brandy or rum. Although no longer a meat pie, the mince pie is suitable for vegetarians only if the suet is made from vegetable oil.

Once cooked, the pie is finished off with a delicate dusting of either caster sugar or icing sugar on top.

Serving suggestions

Mince pies can be consumed hot or cold (although be careful if you heat one up using a microwave oven, as they can get very hot very quickly). When hot, the top can be gently eased off, and a dash of cream or brandy butter (or maybe even a thin slice of cheese if you are so inclined) added to gently melt and enhance the flavour.

Folklore and Traditions

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.

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.

Variations

Other variations include the mincemeat tart, similar in form and taste, save for the lack of a pastry top, as is the case for all kinds of tart. In the United States, mince pies are often classified as mincemeat tarts, although this usage would be considered erroneous by most Britons.

Mincemeat turnovers (a kind of sweet pastry similar to a Cornish pasty) are often made with leftover pastry and mincemeat, and can be consumed with custard, cream or ice-cream.

Trivia

* Mince pies is also cockney rhyming slang for 'eyes' (usually abbreviated to 'minces' or 'mincers'). * In New Zealand mince pies have meat in them, and sometimes they have cheese in them as well.

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#16 15 years ago

yummmm i want more pies2.gif


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#17 15 years ago

Hey can i have some




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#18 15 years ago

/me hands over a mince pie, enjoy!!!


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#19 15 years ago

Pie.




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#20 15 years ago

Mince.