Mince Pie

Mince Pie


4 pounds ground beef, gently precooked
8 pounds apples, washed, cored, quartered, and run through coarse grinder blade
2 boxes seedless raisins
1 box currants
1 pint brown cider vinegar
1 quart orange juice
2 pounds ground suet
2 cups molasses
2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, or more to taste
2 tablespoons ground nutmeg, or more to taste
1 tablespoon ground cloves, or more to taste
1 cup brandy (optional)
Pastry for 9-inch double-crust pies


Simmer all ingredients, except pastry, very slowly until cooked (about 2 hours), stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Line pie plate with crust. Add filling (between 2 and 2-½ cups per pie). Cover with top crust. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes, then at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.


Makes 10 to 12 double-crust 9-inch pies.

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Grandma's Mincemeat

I loved my grandma's mincemeat pie. I remember hers had apples, cherries and pineapple along with the meat. I need to take this recipe and add what I remember and get to making some pies!

Quantities for mince pies

The recipe looks delicious! What is the weight equivalent for the boxes of raisins and currants?

recipe for mince pie

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Those boxes would be of the 8 ounces variety, Adele.

Mince meat pie

MMMMM.... yum! My mom always made mincemeat pie for the holidays. I didn't like it as a kid, but I sure miss it now! So different than the meatless mince'meat' pies. Her recipe was handed down from my great grandma, and also made about a dozen pies. She would freeze the extra in quart size portions. One of the most important ingredients is the suet. Make sure you get real suet, which is a special, hard fat around the kidneys. It won't come out the same with 'regular' fat. You may have to order it special.