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Now we relish the mincemeat tarts with their booze-infused mix of dried fruit, candied peel and spices. But back in the 1600s mince pies were filled with very ingredients including all manner of meaty game as well as fruit.
Recipes for the pies changed over the years and in the 1700s tripe or tongue was a mainstay.
Initially, the pies were large but they gradually became smaller until by the Victorian era they more resembled what we know now as mince pies.
A number of traditions surround mince pies.
It was said you should make a wish when eating your first mince pie and that it was lucky to eat a mince pie each day during the 12 days of Christmas and even more lucky if you did it in 12 separate houses.
When making mince pies you are supposed to stir clockwise - if you stir the other way it's bad luck.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Nov 26, 2008|
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