Paul Timbrell • Link
Mince pies (or shred pies as they were also known, because the meat was shredded with a knife) were not just eaten at Christmas.They were a savoury-sweet mixture of meat, fruit and sugar, and one might be as much as 20lbs in weight; not so surprising when a recipe could include a whole leg of lamb, as well as suet, currants and prunes. Only a bread oven would be big enough, in those days, to accommodate such a pie. Over the years the content changed to leave us with our meatless mincemeat (How did the E.C. miss that one?).