English Mincemeat Pie Recipe Is Just Made for the Holidays by 30Seconds Food

English Mincemeat Pie Recipe Is Just Made for the Holidays

In England, mincemeat pie is a staple during the holiday season. The word mincemeat may make you wonder what's in this delicious pie! The answer is that mincemeat today is typically a mixture of chopped dried fruit, nuts and alcohol, usually brandy or rum. But yes, older mincemeat pie recipes did contain beef suet, beef or even venison. 

The mincemeat pie has medieval English origins and is traditionally served during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. Here's what you need in order to serve this special low-sodium pie during the holidays this year: mincemeat pie filling, apple, dried figs or apricots, walnuts, brown sugar, rum or brandy, lemon juice and a pie crust. 

We think you should give this easy mincemeat pie recipe a place at your holiday dessert table. You could serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. It's just made for the holidays!

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Cuisine: English
Prep Time: 24 hours to marinate 
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 24 hours plus 40 minutes to bake
Servings: 8 (1 pie)


  • 1 jar mincemeat pie filling
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried figs or dried apricots, chopped (or a combination)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rum or brandy
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pie dough for a double-crust pie or 1 box refrigerated pie crusts, thawed

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Recipe Notes

  • You can make your own pie crust for a double-crust pie or use 1 box of refrigerated pie crusts, thawed.
  • You can use dried figs or apricots, or a combination of both (we love that).
  • You can use rum or brandy in this recipe.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Mix together the mincemeat, apples, dried fruit, walnuts, brown sugar, lemon juice and rum or brandy in a bowl. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 
  2. When ready to bake, let the pie filling come to room temperature, then preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. 
  3. Put one crust into the bottom of a pie plate. Pour in the filling. Top with the second pie crust. Crimp edges. If not doing a lattice pattern, cut slits into the top of the pie crust. 
  4. Bake about 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool before serving. Sprinkle some sugar on top, if desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 220

Total Fat: 10.7g

Saturated Fat: 1.8g

Cholesterol: 3mg

Sodium: 89mg

Total Carbohydrate: 28.5g

Dietary Fiber: 2.4g

Total Sugars: 17.4g

Protein: 4g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 24mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 162mg

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Donna John
I have never tried a mincemeat pie! It sounds really good, and I love dried fruit.
Elisa Schmitz
I have never tried mincemeat. This is inspiring me to try!

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