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Who made all the pies?

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This year I have developed mince pie mania. I have made nearly 3 kilos of the misleadingly named dried fruit confection and several batches of pastry, all striving for the effortless buttery flakiness of my mother's efforts down the years.

As a child I took the traditional mince pies, the Christmas pudding we made in October, the turkey dinner, the ham with pease pudding on Boxing Day for granted.

Now I realise that mums - and sometimes dads - work very hard to meet our appetites at Christmas, Hannukah, Eid and every other festive feast.

So this one's for all you bakers, tradition makers, slightly stressed supermarket shoppers as you get ready for the big day.

This year, I'll be making some mince pies for my mum.

Posted by OJ

23rd Dec 2011, 07:27  

nige says:

I'm trying to get my head around three kilos of mince pies. Whew.

23rd Dec 2011, 08:20

Viv says:

gosh - what you busy people find time and energy to do
have a fantastic holiday

23rd Dec 2011, 09:40

swamprose says:

that crust looks fabulous.

23rd Dec 2011, 12:59

OJ says:

Flaky shortcrust. Controversially, not sweet.

23rd Dec 2011, 13:01

swamprose says:

lard or butter?

23rd Dec 2011, 13:03

MaggieD says:

Oh my, you make all your own mince pies! and 3 kilos of them .... I bow to your culinary expertise and perseverance ..... I am a supermarket mum can't cook, but can whip up a 3D meccano christmas tree with moving parts :)

23rd Dec 2011, 18:04

Jane Doe says:

I favour a touch of citrus zest in the pastry. I hope your efforts are appreciated : )

23rd Dec 2011, 18:53

OJ says:

Butter for the vegetarians. I'm no surrendered ideal housewife MaggieD, the mince pies are the only Christmas food I'm doing. I'm in awe of the amount my mum did when we were kids. It must have been such hard work.

Tempting JD, tempting....

23rd Dec 2011, 19:01

JokerXL says:

Mum's do stuff we mere offspring can only marvel at.
(though they do look exceedingly good OJ)

23rd Dec 2011, 19:14

bethmadethis says:

Happy Christmas OJ! I am slowly working my palate towards mince pies..

24th Dec 2011, 01:06

swamprose says:

Christmas dinner for me is a highly honed plan of attack, beginning tonight with chopping all vegies, making cranberry sauce and whatever else I can get done now. I love the process, and wandering over between to see how moblog is doing.

24th Dec 2011, 01:09

Spiderbaby says:

Here's to the bakers indeed! They really do make Christmas what it is. And they do look good. Mmmmm :) Merry Christmas!

24th Dec 2011, 14:27

Caine says:

What a lovely and thoughtful sentiment, OJ. To the bakers!

Happiest of Holidays to you and V.

24th Dec 2011, 18:56

jc1000000 says:

OJ that's a CLASSIC! Merry xmas to you!

We brought Mince pies into the NYC office last week and all the americans were like WTF, where's the meat??

24th Dec 2011, 19:04

OJ says:

Merry Christmas all. And I agree JC100000- very confusing name. My little 'un calls them "Mincey Pies".

24th Dec 2011, 19:18

Dhamaka says:

HNY xx

1st Jan 2012, 09:29