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Old Time Mincemeat Pie Recipe
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Old Time Mincemeat Pie

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"An old-fashioned mincemeat pie filling made with meat and sour cherries."

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch pie Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    7 days 1 hr 25 mins


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine beef and apple cider. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, or until meat is tender. Remove meat and coarsely chop, then return it to the pot.
  2. Stir in chopped apples, sugar, currants, raisins, citrus peel, butter and cherry preserves. Add ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Let simmer, uncovered, over low heat until mixture is very thick, about 90 minutes. Stir in cherries and remove from heat.
  3. Refrigerate tightly covered for at least a week before using.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Put filling in unbaked pie shell and place pastry on top. Crimp edges and poke several holes in top pastry. Brush top with cream and sprinkle with sugar.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
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Dec 31, 2007

I have been using this recipe for about 7 years now. Each time I use this recipe, it gets better each year. I don't think I have ever had a complaint. My success in this recipe is, instead of letting the mincemeat ferment for a week, I usually let it set from 2 weeks to a month instead. At the very end of the cooking part, I do pour some Brandy in (for flavor).

Oct 07, 2010

My son now refuses to come home from college for these holidays unless he gets this pie. For both Thanksgiving and Christmas. And I send him back with mini-pies (using giant muffin foil tins and lots of plastic wrap, it gets through TSA). He loves this pie. He wants to marry this pie. Demand is growing and my friends, family, coworkers are expecting this too. I'm going to have to mix it in the bathtub this year. Don't worry about the meat, it adds flavor and texture, but this is dessert, not at all like chomping on a steak. Though a slice will do me quite nicely for lunch :). If you have trouble finding the ingredients, I get my peel, cherries, and currants from nutsonline. I also make it a month ahead and stir it every few days, adding a dash of brandy every few days (to the pie mix, not me, well, usually not me). I've successfully frozen it too for longer keeping. 2 weeks to pie-day!

Feb 06, 2003

I am not one to eat mincemeat pie, but my father does. He loves mincemeat pie. I tried this recipe and told him he was my guinnea pig, because I don't usually do any baking (from scratch or otherwise). He said it tasted pretty close to non such mincemeat pie. I would use this recipe again.

Nov 07, 2013

This is an excellent recipe, although it seems to make more than one pie, and it certainly takes longer than 40 minutes as stated on the side. The preparation times within the recipe are accurate, though. The cherries really make it! I have gradually substituted blue berries and cranberries for the candied fruit, raisins, etc. as long as you have the cherries it works. My family and colleagues at work all love it!

Nov 12, 2014

I ended up making the candied orange and lemon peelfrom scratch (other stuff full of chemicals). I saved the orange syrup and added 1/2 cup to the mincemeat mixture then reduced the white sugar to 1 scant cup. OMG so deeeelish. This pie has a wonderful full, rich flavor. I can't stop tasting it.

Nov 29, 2013

I don't know much about mincemeat pie, but I do have to say this recipe was scrumptious!

Nov 28, 2014

I made this pie for my parents on Thanksgiving. They love mincemeat pie but. I one has made it since my grandma passed away! This did not taste like hers but several times that day my dad commented how good the pie was! It certainly is. Or a cheap pie to make but it. Was worth seeing the smiles my parents had on their faces!


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  • Calories
  • 1106 kcal
  • 55%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 181.2 g
  • 58%
  • Cholesterol
  • 80 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 37.5 g
  • 58%
  • Fiber
  • 9 g
  • 36%
  • Protein
  • 20.7 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 521 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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