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Mince Pies

Before the introduction of the Christmas Pudding came the Mince Pie in the mid-1500’s. It has been traditional to eat a pie each day for the Twelve Days of Christmas. This was said to ensure that the following twelve months would be happy. In the South of England it was thought best to eat each pie in a different house. The first Mince Pies were oblong in shape and known to have been made in Roman times. These lucky morsels were later adopted by the Christian festival. The shape of the pie traditionally was said to reflect the shape of the Christ’s cradle, and it had no pastry top.