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Mince Pie Makeover

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie, but no-one’s stopping you from giving tradition a tweak or even a complete makeover.

As traditional as Santa, turkey and crackers, the festive pie dates back donkey’s years (no pun intended) to when it was originally filled with meat, rather than fruit and nuts. Once a status symbol to show off one’s wealth, an old custom said that if you ate a mince pie every day from Christmas to Twelfth Night (6th January) you would find happiness for the next 12 months.

Considering that on average each person consumes a whopping 27 mince pies over the festive season, these little pastry tarts are still a popular, and profitable, dessert. But how do you cater for those customers who are shuddering at the sight of another mince pie even before Santa has made an appearance or – dare we say it – simply don’t like them?  Take Stock asked three festive chefs to share how they plan to spice up our most traditional festive treat.

Photography: Becs Rivett

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