Holiday Recipes – Mincemeat Pie

Another holiday food memory is Mincemeat Pie, using homemade mincemeat—no NoneSuch for me. I tried this kind of mincemeat, but it just did not measure up to the mincemeat my father made in years past.

The first time I tried it, my father was still with us and lived downstairs from me. We had so much fun making this—and it lasts for a long time because the “recipe” in the Better Homes and Garden© approximately 1960s makes 12 + pints. I wanted to make this again for Christmas a year or two ago, but could not find the recipe that I wanted—I had lost my cookbook. My husband went on EBay and found this specific BH & G cookbook. As it turns out, the new ones do not have the mincemeat pie recipe.

When I made the mincemeat, I forgot to put the sugar in. I thought “oh, no” at first, but have found that it does not make a difference in the taste—it is sweet enough. It does not stick together as well, but that is okay. The great thing about this mincemeat is the ingredients. It uses suet—beef fat, beef(they say beef neck—but I used stew meat), tart apples, raisins, currants, oranges and lemons and their juice, citron and spices. I will try doing coconut pastry again—I was not very successful last time, but I will keep trying it. I think this is a favorite not only because of the taste, but also the great memories and fellowship in making it.


About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

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