What’s in a mince pie?

///What’s in a mince pie?

What’s in a mince pie?


Predictably it’s at this time of year that conversation turns to ‘what you do in your country’ to celebrate Christmas; and this inevitably leads to some bright spark, in French class, suggesting that everyone bring in a little something to share and compare before the end of term.

Thus I discovered that it is impossible to buy mince pies in Strasbourg!

So I have been forced to attempt to cook them from scratch, that is – even starting with the mincemeat filling a fortnight before the rest of the pie, because you can’t buy ready made mixture here either.

And voila – I discovered exactly what constitutes ‘mincemeat’; and to be frank – I’m not sure I ever want to consume a traditional mince pie again.

I’m talking chiefly about ‘suet’. That’s the stuff you can usually find in a packet somewhere in the baking/puddings section of Tesco’s, but in France you have to go to the butchers (oh yes) .. and ask for the “fat from around the kidneys of a cow” .. and if your stomach can hold together – you take that lump of offal home with you (for that’s what it is) – shred it up and put it in your traditional British mince pie.

I think I might have to disown my heritage this time next year.

By | 2017-01-06T11:17:04+00:00 December 4th, 2006|Strasbourg|9 Comments

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  1. GMC December 11, 2006 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Mince implies that there is some meat in the pies, hence the suet.

    Mincemeat used to be made in the early autumn along with the Christmas puddings and cakes, so that they all had time to mature.

    I guess we would not eat a lot of things if we actually knew what went into the making – ie the sausage Alsace etc. What parts of the pig goes into them?

    Well done for having a go.

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  3. GMC December 13, 2006 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Think the originals had meat in them but the fruit and spice was there to cover up the fact that the meat might be rather smelly!

  4. Anna Rooney November 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Hi Bart!
    you can find the suet also in big shops (auchan, super U etc).
    I tried to do some mincepie last year and I received some not unfavorable comments…
    🙂

  5. patricia November 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    coucou, est-ce qu’un de vous sait où je peux trouver un pôt de mincemeat à Strasbourg ? Merci

    • Englishman November 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Avez-vous essayé Monoprix ou Galleries Lafayette?

  6. patricia November 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    oui malheureusement, une autre idée ?

    • Englishman November 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Indian Bazar, rue Graumann (entre Fbrg de Pierre et Fossé des Treize) peut-être ?

  7. patricia November 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    j’y étais déjà, j’habite à côté. ZUT !!!!

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