Who doesn’t love a few mince pie in the lead up to Christmas? It’s a Christmas tradition in many houses across Ireland passed on from parents and grandparents. But do you know where the mince pie originally came from?
Mince pies are traceable all the way back to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meats, fruits and spices. These ingredients contained the Christian symbolism of representing the gifts delivered to Jesus and mince pies were traditionally shaped in an oblong shape, to resemble a manger. The tradition of eating mince pies around Christmas continued through the Victorian era, being perfected along the way, changing shape and flavour to give us the much loved dessert we so treasure in Ireland today.
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Serve warm with some whipped cream for the perfect treat in the lead up to Christmas.