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Mince pie recipe from the 18th century

There is no denying that the Christmas season has arrived, and we're certain that many of you have already tasted the odd mince pie already.

Did you know that, originally, mincemeat was made of a combination of meat, fruit and spices ?

Here is a recipe for mince pies which dates back to the 18th century from a manuscript in the Henblas collection. Tongue or lean beef and beef suet were amongst the ingredients.

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Publication date: 2 December 2013