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Mince pies

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mince pies


What are mince pies ?

Mince pies are small pastry cakes with a mincemeat filling. Mincemeat used to be made with beef. The mincemeat mixture of beef, alcohol, oriental spices like cinammon, nutmeg and cloves and dried fruits was a traditional way of preserving meat. From the 11th century, mince pies have been a traditional part of Christmas meals. Today, mincemeat contains just the dried fruits, suet (a kind of fat), and brandy. mmm !
More about the history of mince pies.

Ingredients

8 oz (225 grams) butter
1 lb (450 grams) flour
2 oz (50 grams) icing sugar
2 egg yolks
1 lb (450 grams) mincemeat
a spponful or two of brandy or rum
beaten egg, to glaze
bun tins to make 30 pies

1. Cut the butter into cubes.
2. Put flour into a mixing bowl.
3. Add the butter and rub the butter into the flour.
4. Stir in the icing sugar.
5. Make a well in the centre, stir in the egg yolk and about 4 spoons of cold water to make a soft but not sticky dough.
6. Knead lightly to form a smooth dough.
7. Wrap in cling film and put in fridge for about 45 minutes.
8. Preheat oven to 400F/200°C or gas mark 6.
9. Roll out 2/3 of the dough and cut out 30 rounds using a 2-½ inch fluted cutter. Then line the bun tins. Fill with mincemeat.
10. Re-roll remaining pastry and cut out pastry circles using a 2 inch (5cm) cutter.
11. Dampen (make a little wet) edges of circle and place on pies. Seal edges, brush tops with beaten egg and cook for 20 minutes.


Easy Cranberry Sauce (goes well with Thanksgiving turkey)


4 cups Fresh cranberries
2 cups Sugar
1 cups Water
1 cups Orange juice
1 tb Orange zests, grated
Optional : thinly sliced almonds

Put all the ingredients in a large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat, cover, and boil until cranberries burst. Stir a little. This should take about 8 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl. Sprinkle with almonds. Cover and put in fridge until cold (the sauce will thicken when cooled). The sauce can be made 4 days in advance. Store sauce in the refrigerator.

A Traditional Thanksgiving meal :

thanksgiving meal
Image Courtesy of Somerfield plc

Activity : describe how you make your favorite dish

Questions :

What is your favorite dish ?

Do you like to cook ?

What do you make for the holidays ?

Can you try and translate the recipes into french ?


Useful Vocabulary for reading/listening to these articles

pastry : pâte
mincemeat : hachis de fruits secs, de pommes et de graisse
mince pie : tartelette de noel
dish : plat
your favourite dish : ton plat préféré
frozen cranberries : des canneberges surgelés
to boil : bouillir
skin : la peau
orange peel : écorce
cinammon : cannelle
nutmeg : muscade
clove : clou de girofle

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