The Food Exchange: mince pies – Christmas is almost here!

It’s Food-Exchange-time again! Like every month Lucy from lucyabakes sends me a typical English recipe to bake and I send her a German one. We both test the recipes and write about them on our blog.
So close to Christmas we decided to go for something sweet that is typical for this season. Lucya’s s recipe for me are mince pies!madebygreta_mincepie3
In England you find mince pies literally everywhere around Christmas whilst I have never seen them in Germany before. I had a look at Wikipedia and found out that the ingredients for the modern mince pie can be traced back to the return of European crusaders from the Holy Land – so this is really a traditional bake.

My English readers might be a little confused now, because what you can see on the picture does not look like the traditional mince pie with the perfect lid – no, Lucy gave me a recipe that has a little twist: Instead of the lid the mince pie is covered with a brownie mix and filled with the traditional mince meat.

I have to say, I am not the biggest fan of the traditional mince pies – but I love this recipe with the “brownie-lid” as it adds this tiny bit of different taste to it with the addition of dark chocolate that I really love.

For our meal on Christmas Eve (which is Germany’s kind of Christmas Day) I am cooking what my family always cooks for Christmas and for dessert I decided to add something typically English for the English part of the family. So we will have those mince pies and the coolest thing about it is, that you can prepare them, add the dough, the mince meat and top it with the brownie mix and then just pop it in the freezer! That means on Christmas Eve all I have to do is preheat the oven, pop the frozen tray in there and just bake it 5-10 minutes longer than usually.
I think this is genius as it takes the stress away from making a dessert but still is something homemade.

You can find Lucy’s recipe recommendation here.

Thank you Lucy, for telling me about this brilliant recipe. I love it! And now I will have a look at Lucy’s blog to see how her recipe turned out. Please have a look at her blog: www.lucyabakes.wordpress.com.

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