Top 7 things You Didn’t Know About Mince Pies!

Top 7 things You Didn’t Know About Mince Pies!

Mince pie is one of Britain’s favourite festive treats, but where does it originate from? Well.. here are Top 7 things You Didn’t Know About Mince Pies!

1. They used to be savoury

As the name might imply, once upon a time mince pie contained mincemeat mixed with alcohol, fruits and spices to help preserve it. As time went on, it became sweeter until the mince was removed altogether but the name remained.

2. They’re not British!

While mince pies have been widely accepted as a British tradition, the idea actually started in the Middle East in the 13th Century. European crusaders returning to their homelands brought recipes that included meats, fruits and spices which inspired the notion for a mince pie.

3. They weren’t always called mince pies

Over the years, they used to be called ‘shrid pies’ ‘Christmas pies’ ‘crib cakes’ and ‘mutton pies’. They were even called ‘wayfarers’ pies’ at one time.

4. They weren’t always so well-loved

During the English Civil War, the mince pie was frowned upon because of its link to Catholicism. They were even banned at one point.

5. They are symbolic

The cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg ingredients were included to represent the gifts given to Jesus by the three Eastern Kings.

6. They weren’t always circular

Mince pies used to be rectangular at one time.

7. They hold special powers, apparently

It’s a tradition to make a wish when eating your first mince pie of the season.

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