Mince Pies

Preparation info
  • Makes


    small pies
    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

  • About

Mince pie was on the table of the nobility in medieval times. The filling mixed fruits, spices, brandy, suet, and meat (or sometimes even fish), with beef, veal, or ox tongue the most common choices. The pie made an appearance at every major special occasion but was increasingly favored at Christmas. Then, with the arrival of Puritan rule in 1640s, mince pies were banished along with other festive foods, returning to the table in 1660 with the restoration of the monarchy. By this time, the