Christmas Sweet Mince Pies
Christmas Sweet Mince Pies are a traditional British holiday dessert. Dried fruit, apple, citrus and brown sugar all soaked in brandy make up the filling inside homemade pie crusts.
Growing up in England, it never really felt like Christmas until the sweet mince pies made an appearance. The smell of them baking they taste just like Christmas.
These cute little treats taste best if the mincemeat is made ahead of time and has time to sit and let the flavors combine. Overnight is fine, but up to a week is better. If you don’t have time for this, no problem they are still really good.
Before I started writing my own recipes, I used to make recipes from the British chefs Delia Smith or Jamie Oliver. I am so glad I now have my own recipe that I am so happy with and all the readers who have made them are too.
Would you believe that these pies used to actually be made with meat? Hence the name, mince pies and thankfully are made with sweet mince meat instead of the real thing. I’ve always known them this way and are quite happy to keep them this way.
If you are serving these pies to children, you can substitute the brandy with apple cider/juice or orange juice.