So it was a bit of a revelation when on celebrating my first Christmas with Rob we made a batch of Nigella's mincemeat (from How to be a Domestic Goddess), full of fruit, apple, cider and brandy. Rather than faff about with tiny mince pies we often make one large pie, either topped with pastry stars, frangipane or crumble.
We still make a batch of mincemeat every year, and we vary it a little each year, for example adding hazelnuts, or Italian glacé cherries. Last year's mincemeat went uneaten as Rob changed to a gluten free diet.
We're hoping to try a gluten free pastry in the next few weeks, but in the mean time Rob treated me to a half-dozen Jackman & McRoss pies, which I shamefully have to admit didn't last a day!
Do you like mince pies?
Do you make your own?