[DWJ] Re: mince pies

Allison Marles Gryski apm at alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Tue Dec 25 16:12:39 EST 2007

I grew up with the homemade versions (in Canada), so I never really
noticed if they were available in shops.  My grandma (who was a
war bride) used to send us a steamed carrot pudding.  As a child, I
always thought of it as more a vehicle for the accompanying hard sauce.
Or it was more about the fun of getting a wrapped up coin baked into
your piece, which she would do when we had Christmas there.  My Mum
occasionally makes mincemeat and stores it in jars, so she'd always make
mince tarts. Fruit cake was more of a rarity, though she actually
made a batch and mailed me one, with rolled out marzipan for the top,
too.  The result is that I tend to have rather snobby tastes and
storebought would never really satisfy me because it wouldn't taste

ObDWJ .... um... well, I never had invisible poison cakes.  OK, I know
that's a stretch.


On Tue, Dec 25, 2007 at 01:53:54PM -0500, jodel at aol.com wrote:
> At the risk of setting off another round of food discissions, permit me 
> to state my envy at those of you who can actually *get* mince pies 
> without having to go out of the way and make them yourself.
> Mince is hopelessly out of fashion on this side of the pond. (Or maybe 
> just this side of the continent.) I think if you really, really hunt 
> you can find the frozen ones this time of year. But you probably won't 
> find a fresh bakeds one.
> They are the american style sort which are the wrong porportion of 
> crust to filling, which may be one reason for the unpopularity. But in 
> these "health-consious" times it almost seems to be a point of honor to 
> declare oneself above most of the traditional holiday sweets. It's 
> virtually impossible to find a proper dark furitcake, for example. 
> Unless, of course, you are prepared to pay an arm and a leg for one at 
> a gourmet market. (And few of those have them.)
> Steamed puddings didn't survive over here as holiday fare until well 
> before my own time, so I can't speak with any authority on those. But 
> you used to be able to find packaged ones to heat up in the foreign 
> section of the market, and you can't now.
> On the other hand, I still was still seeing the nasty ribbon candy 
> which cuts your tongue to shreds in the drugstores up through this last 
> week...
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