What do you picture when you think of Christmas? Is it
footprints left in freshly fallen snow and snow men with button
eyes and a carrot nose? Is it Santa and sleigh bells and eight
famous reindeer? Or is it surrounded by family, cosied up in front
of a crackling fire, sipping a rich hot chocolate and munching on a
warm mince pie?
Christmas food is steeped in tradition - from the turkey and the
stuffing that is served at Christmas dinner, to the Christmas cake
and mulled wine that follows. A famous English Christmas dinner
scene can even be found in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
(1843), where Scrooge sends Bob Cratchitt a large turkey to enjoy
once he has had his epiphany.
But how did the humble mince pie become such a staple part of