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Old 01-09-2012, 03:36 AM   #706
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Mincemeat isn't meat?
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:16 AM   #707
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Mincemeat isn't meat?
that's right - mincemeat goes in mince pies - minced meat goes in bolognaise

it's a mixture of dried, candied and fresh fruit (currants, raisins, sultanas, candied peel, glace cherries, apples, orange/lemon zest and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg) plus ground or chopped almonds, which is mixed with alcohol and suet, cooked gently until the fat melts and infuses into the whole mixture, and then cooled and bottled... you can buy it ready made in jam-jars in the UK and it's used as a pie filling... very sweet, and definitely not meaty lol!

apparently, traditionally, meat was involved - in the days when we didnt have ways of keeping meat fresh, it was mixed with fruit and spices to make it taste more edible, hence the name "mince pies" and then gradually they did away with the meat til it was just fruit...
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:32 AM   #708
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here's a photo of my home-made mincemeat

it looks evil, but it smells like heaven (citrus, alcohol and spices), and tastes so good when baked in the pies

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I'm not a fan of mincemeat pies, but I grew up with them in the house. My great-grandparents were British, so my Dad always had them growing up and still loves them. He was the only one of us in our immediate family who ever ate them.
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I'm not a fan of mincemeat pies, but I grew up with them in the house. My great-grandparents were British, so my Dad always had them growing up and still loves them. He was the only one of us in our immediate family who ever ate them.
hehe i think people either love them or hate them, if the name doesn't put them off first

they're just a really nostalgic thing for me haha
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:23 PM   #711
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I love mince pie...it used to be fairly common at Thanksgiving (though never as popular as pumpkin), but nowadays I think that kind of winey-spicy flavor with all the dried fruit tends to taste "old-fashioned" to many people. American fillings often omit the suet and add additional fruits (figs, pears, dates etc.) and maybe some gingersnaps to thicken. In general, the range of American fruit-based desserts seems to have shrunk dramatically in my lifetime--everything's about the chocolate now...
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xmas cake - jamaican fruit cake with marzipan and fondant icing:
Hmmm, what is in a Jamaican fruit cake? That sounds interesting. I'm always on the lookout for recipes that are "different"

My daughter spent Christmas in England with her boyfriend's family. One of the things she looked forward to were the mincemeat pies!

That does seem to be true about fruit based baking. Probably a result of people growing and canning less.
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Hmmm, what is in a Jamaican fruit cake? That sounds interesting. I'm always on the lookout for recipes that are "different"

My daughter spent Christmas in England with her boyfriend's family. One of the things she looked forward to were the mincemeat pies!

That does seem to be true about fruit based baking. Probably a result of people growing and canning less.
it's a really rich heavy dense fruit cake, based on "Black Cake" - which i grew up with - i never wrote down the proper recipe - i knew how my mother made hers but kind of had to invent my own recipe re. quantities etc... my version is a bit looser and lighter than the traditional cake as i don't use treacle/molasses and don't chop the fruit too fine

basically the dried fruit is soaked in rum and sherry (or port) for as long as you want, anything from 3 weeks to a year (i soaked the fruit this year for about 3 months) before mixing it into a batter then baking... the amount of alcohol in it is just immoral

it's very rich so you only need to eat tiny pieces, and the almond icing + fondant icing offset the fruity rum kick nicely... i like to make one big cake and mini ones for gifts...
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it's funny about the fruit-based baking - i've noticed the French seem bake with fruit (especially fresh fruit) even more than the English... it's nice though...
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From Disneyland over the holidays. Best caramel apples I've ever tasted. Going again tomorrow, will see what other trouble I can get into.



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yum... they look nice!
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has anyone ever used one of those cube chocolate sticks for hot milk?

nice arent they!
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has anyone ever used one of those cube chocolate sticks for hot milk?

nice arent they!
do you mean the ones on the spoons?? i got some for stocking fillers for my family this christmas - they're really good!

the ones i got were this brand:

http://www.chocolatecompany-online.com/hotchocspoon
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I had some chocolates filled with Bailey's at work yesterday. They were pretty good.
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