A box of six generous pies. Available from Saturday 11th December.
Welcome to the traditional Feather and Bone mince pie, a far cry from your average Christmas confection. A short, buttery pastry filled with a rich and complex filling and a velvety mouthfeel that you'll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. It's all down to our secret ingredient.
What makes our mince pies different?
Back in the Middle Ages, the word ‘mete' referred to food generally, not just animal flesh, and 'mincemete' was a mixture of suet, meat, dried fruit, distilled spirits, aromatics and spices. The rich, spicy flavours we associate with mince pies were introduced in the 13th century by crusaders returning to Europe armed with new spices and recipes from the Middle East.
Over time, the mincemeat pie was adapted and sweetened and became more like a dessert and finally forgot its namesake ingredient altogether.
We’ve put the meat back in.
We use a traditional mincemeat recipe that harks back to the Middle Ages and includes suet and beef mince, dried fruit, citrus peel and generous amounts of distilled spirits.
A real mincemeat mix, like beef and wine, needs to be aged to deepen the flavours and allow the preservative action of the alcohol, which gradually changes the overall texture of the mixture by breaking down the meat proteins. Apparently, preserved mincemeat may be stored for up to ten years. Six weeks is enough for us...
Filling: Organic pastured Wagyu suet, pastured beef mince, mixed peel, currants, raisins, cranberries, almond meal, rapadura sugar, lemons, oranges, apples, glacé ginger, port, brandy, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, black pepper.
Pastry: Woodstock organic stoneground flour, Pepe Saya butter, rapadura sugar, pastured eggs, water.