Mince Meat Pie (A recipe from Old England)

 

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Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

1 quart prepared mincemeat

This is the truly old-fashion type of mincemeat that is actually made with meat in it. This is my grandmother’s recipe for mincemeat.

Ingredients

Pastry for 9 inch 2 crust pie

4 pounds beef sirloin

Water

2 1/2 cups suet, finely chopped or grated Suet

(Suet is firm beef fat. Suet can be collected by trimming the hard white fat from steaks and other cuts of beef. You can also purchase packages of suet from your local butcher or from the meat department of your local grocery store. It then needs to be coarsely grated to make it ready to use. It also must be kept refrigerated prior to use and used within a few days of purchase, just like meat.)

7 1/2 cups chopped tart apples

3 cups liquid (liquid from meat of your choice it was cooked in)

5 cups granulated sugar

3 cups apple cider

1 cup molasses

1/2 cup cider vinegar

3 cups raisins

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground cloves

2 tablespoons ground allspice

2 tablespoons ground nutmeg

Juice of 2 lemons

Juice of 2 oranges

1 cup brandy or sherry 

Directions

Trim fat from meat of your choice and discard.

In a large heavy pan over medium heat, place meat; cover with water and simmer until the meat is tender. Remove from heat and refrigerate meat in the cooking liquid overnight.

Remove from refrigerator and remove meat from liquid. Remove all fat from top of liquid; discard the fat and reserve the remaining liquid. Separate meat from bones, discard bones. Chop cooked meat into small cubes.

In a large pot, combine meat cubes, suet, apples, reserved liquid, sugar, apple cider, molasses, cider vinegar, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, lemon juice, and orange juice; simmer for 2 hours. remove from heat. Add brandy or sherry and mix together.

It’s best to let mincemeat stand at least a couple of weeks before using.

Prepared pie pastry from recipe or store bought.

Spoon prepared mincemeat into pastry-lined plate. Cover with remaining pastry and flute. Cut slits in pastry so steam can escape. Cover edge with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning.

Bake pie 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Remove aluminum foil during last 15 minutes of baking. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before cutting and serving.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding

 

The secret to making Yorkshires (as they are known in the UK)   is to pour well rested, cold batter into slightly smoking hot fat and put immediately back into a really hot oven. It is as simple as that.  Keep in mind that this recipe came from my grandfathers family from Old England and the way it is written is from their time.  I changed the oven temperature to match our ovens for F.

Ingredients

4 large fresh eggs measured into a jug

Equal quantity of milk to your measured eggs

Equal quantity of all purpose/plain flour to measured eggs

Pinch of salt

2 tbsp lard, beef dripping or vegetable oil

Directions

Heat the oven to 450°F or the fat may burn.

Pour the eggs and milk into a large mixing bowl and add the pinch of salt. Whisk thoroughly with an electric hand beater or hand whisk. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.

Gradually sieve the same volume of flour (as the eggs) into the milk and egg mixture, again using an electric hand beater or hand-whisk to create a lump free batter resembling thick cream, if there are any lumps pass the batter through a fine sieve.

Leave the batter to rest in the kitchen for a minimum of 30 minutes, longer if possible – up to several hours.

Place a pea-sized piece of lard, dripping or ½ tsp vegetable oil into your chosen York shire pudding tin or a 12-hole muffin tin and heat in the oven until the fat is smoking. Give the batter another good whisk adding 2 tbsp of cold water and fill a third of each section of the tin with batter and return quickly to the oven.

Leave to cook until golden brown approx 20 minutes. Repeat the last step again until all the batter is used up.

Serving Yorkshire Pudding

In Yorkshire serving the pudding is traditionally with gravy as a starter dish followed by the meat and vegetables. More often smaller puddings cooked in muffin tins are served alongside meat and vegetables.

Yorkshire pudding isn’t reserved only for Sunday lunch. A large pudding filled with a meaty stew or chili is a dish in its own right.

Cold left-over Yorkshire Puddings make a lovely snack with a little jam or honey.