Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mince Pies forever!

One of life's little winter pleasures.

Each year in the run up to Christmas, part of my traditional baking for the
 holiday season revolves around getting the mince pies made.
These little individual sweet treats, never missing from the British home in
 December, are offered to all and sundry who pop by city lofts, suburban 
houses and cozy country cottages. 
I made several dozen this year knowing we would have many people at the
 open house on Christmas Eve - and I whipped up the Cumberland Rum Butter 
to serve with them. Many disappeared with compliments to the baker,
however we still have plenty remaining for teatime, dessert. . . . . . and come 
New Year's Eve, a warming midnight snack to accompany the bubbly!

If you like my Rough Linen 'pinny' (pinafore apron), and would love one of your very own,
be sure to go HERE and read how to get one, as well as beautiful bed linens etc. 

Of all the holiday leftovers these are my favorites - I'm scoffing my share
 because it will be another twelve long months before I bake them again!


  1. They look yummy! Love your linen apron - I just ordered one and can't wait for it to arrive. Your wellie cup is cute too!

  2. You did well. We always make home made mince pies on Christmas Eve. Not many left now.

  3. So British Mary and your 'pinny' is lovely.
    Your photographs are wonderful ...... mince pies, linen and a sneaky peek at your kitchen !!!! XXXX

  4. Only have a few left in my kitchen now (I'll start the diet once these and the cream have been finished)! Have a wonderful and very healthy New Year my friend xx

  5. Your photos and mince pies all look delicious! How I wish I could sit right there with you and nibble a pie, sip some tea, and have a good visit. Happy New Year to you and Bob

  6. Dear Mary,

    Your mince pies look absolutely delicious! You served them on such pretty plates as well! Wishing you and your husband a Happy New Year! Looking forward to your new posts in 2016.

    Madelief x

  7. Since I've never tasted one, I can't comment on them, but every single GB blog I follow eat them. They are beautiful and your pics too. I wonder if they have meat or just the fruit.

  8. Your mince pies look so yummy - but alas, I'm not fond of mincemeat. Tim is, though, and he'd gladly accompany you in scoffing them up.
    These days between Christmas and New Year's are so lovely. I hope you are enjoying them.

  9. Looks so tasty Mary, hoping you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you the happiest of New Years.

  10. Oops, I can not resist fruit mince pies. Maybe you will also make black bun for New Year. Delish.

  11. The pies look so wonderful and presented so nicely with the 'rough linen'. Not sure how these pies are made. Is mince a sort of ground or spiced meat? I think I'd enjoy them. Maybe I should do a Google! lol~

    Have a Happy New Year!

    Jane xx

  12. I adore mincemeat - but have always made a large pie of it. Maybe I need to try some small ones - they look so yummy.

  13. Yours look delicious. We have scoffed our way through a fair few this Christmas.
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

  14. HI Mary, Your mincemeat pies look wonderful! I love the styling of your photos with your 'pinnie' and cute Wellies mug. I just scrolled through your posts that I've missed the past few days and enjoyed them all. I wish you and Bob a happy new year. Blessings and hugs.

  15. Love, love your photos! The mince pies look wonderful. Will have to get one of those aprons. Happy New Year Mary!

  16. They look tasty and pretty! I have a similar affection for pecan pies. No more for another year...

  17. Hello. I am new here and I think I am going to enjoy following along. I am not fond of mince-pies but my dad loves them. it could be because he lived (and studied) in England for over 7 years.

  18. These are really beautiful shots aside from those gorgeous tempting looking mince pies, must say. You truly have a design eye on your blog which always makes in so nice to pop in and visit.

    That pinafore sounds fabulous and a house full of homemade mince pies during this time of year really does top things off so well. Your baker and neighbours are some very very lucky peeps indeed. How fun!

  19. This page is very informative and fun to read. I appreciated what you have done here. I enjoyed every little bit part of it. I am always searching for informative information like this.

  20. I haven't even seen proper mince pies for years Mary, but I have been baking apple pies with grand-daughters (so motivating!) and made these little apple rose pies from the scraps
    lovely fun!

  21. I don't know why I torture myself with your gorgeous photos of your English baked goods. I am AGAIN so ravenous. Time to invade te kitchen to see what I might muster up. Somehow the prospect of a PB and J doesn't quite do the trick no matter how much I love those


I would enjoy reading your comment - thanks so much for stopping by.