The Zan Fish Mince Pie GiveawayDecember 14th, 2017
We love mince pies. Their buttery pastry and tangy mince meat filling make for the perfect festive treat. Delicious with brandy sauce, ice cream and even cheese, they’re a staple for everyone’s Christmas food list. And to celebrate this yummy delight, we’re going to be giving away FREE mince pies between 18th and 23rd. Not only that, but we’re also delving deep into the history of the mince pie and sharing with you some fascinating facts…
They were once savoury
As the name might suggest, mince pies once contained actual mince meat, and the fruit and alcohol were added as preservatives. As time went on, the recipe gradually became sweeter and sweeter, until we were left with the mince pie we know and love today.
They were once banned
Because of their link to Catholicism, during the English Civil War mince pies were banned by Oliver Cromwell. Luckily for us, the law didn’t stick! Phew.
Mince pies originate from the Middle East
Yep, mince pies aren’t originally a British treat. The idea started in the Middle East during the 13th century, where European crusaders returned with fascinating ingredients, including meats, fruit and spices – all of which inspired the creation of the mince pie.
Ever heard of a shrid pie?
Well, mince pies weren’t always known as that. In fact, they’ve had a fair few names over the years, including shrid pies, Christmas pies, crib cakes and mutton pies. They even went by the name wayfarers pies, as they were given out as treats to visitors over Christmas.
Ready to dig into a delicious mince pie? We definitely are, so come on over to your local Zan Fish next week and enjoy a festive treat on us.