Mince Pie – Advent Calendar – Day 5

Mince Pie (fruit mince pie) is a traditional treat through most English speaking countries with a world of variations. Our recipe is below.

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Origin Of Mince Pie

A mince pie (also mincemeat pie in New England, and fruit mince pie in Australia and New Zealand) is a sweet pie of English origin, filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called “mincemeat”, that is traditionally served during the Christmas season in much of the English-speaking world. Its ingredients are traceable to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meats, fruits and spices; these contained the Christian symbolism of representing the gifts delivered to Jesus by the Biblical Magi. At Christmastide, they were traditionally shaped in an oblong shape, to resemble a manger and were often topped with a depiction of the Christ Child.

mince pie

They were also known by several names, including “mutton pie”, “shrid 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. Served around Christmas, the savoury Christmas pie (as it became known) was associated with supposed Catholic “idolatry” and during the English Civil War was frowned on by the Puritan authorities. Nevertheless, the tradition of eating Christmas pie in December continued through to the Victorian era, although by then its recipe had become sweeter and its size markedly reduced from the large oblong shape once observed. Today the mince pie, usually made without meat (but often including suet or other animal fats), remains a popular seasonal treat enjoyed by many across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Suggestions

If you manage to have any leftovers, try these!

Our Mince Pie Recipe

Mince Pie

Delicious and healthy fruit mince pie that everyone can enjoy!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 232kcal

Ingredients

Flourless Pastry

  • 150 g Almond Meal/Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 2 tbsp Granulated Sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon ground
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg ground

Pie Filling

  • 1 small Apple grated/shredded
  • 55 g Butter
  • 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Mixed Spice ground
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamon ground
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves ground
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg ground
  • 75 g Almond meal/grounds
  • Brandy to taste

Brandy Whipped Cream

  • Double/Heavy Cream
  • Brandy to taste
  • Sweetener to taste

Instructions

Flourless Pastry

  • Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together with a fork until it resembles soft pastry. If it is too damp, add some more almond meal/flour. If it has become too dry, add a drop of water at a time.
  • Roll out in between 2 sheets of baking paper and cut each circle slightly larger than the case you will be baking them in.
  • Press the pastry circles into each case and place on a baking tray. Bake in the cases at 180C/350F for 10 minutes, then remove from the pastry from each case and bake for 2 minutes on the baking tray to brown slightly.

Pie Filling

  • Melt the butter and the grated apple on low in a saucepan.
  • Add all the other ingredients (apart from the brandy) and heat through for a minute or two.
  • Remove from the heat and add brandy to taste (I add 1 or 2 tablespoons).
  • Once cold, divide the mixture evenly amongst the pie/tart cases.

Brandy Whipped Cream

  • Whip the cream gently until soft peaks for, then add the sweetener, whip until almost firm, then fold in the brandy to taste.

To Serve

  • Top each low carb Christmas mince pie with the brandy cream and sprinkle with ground nutmeg.

Notes

I haven’t given quantities for the brandy whipped cream. It all depends on how much you would like to be served on top and on the side. The sweetness and amount of brandy required will be totally personal to you

Diet ALTERNATIVES

This recipe above is good for all of the below dietary requirements:
FODMAP
KETO
DAIRY-FREE (use coconut cream and dairy-free butter)
GLUTEN-FREE

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