Mince Pie

Mince Pie
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Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

Yield: 

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

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Quantities for mince pies

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

recipe for mince pie

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.