Mince Pies (Dal)
Seems I am one of a dying breed that loves mince pie.
Not the real-English-McCoy with kidneys and other ofal, but the American Holiday pie, with raisins and apples and all those spices, that most people seem to abhor.
I'm not even looking for fresh mince pie. Frozen will do. Mrs. Smith's used to make a passable one, but no one seems to stock mince pies anymore.
Can't even find 'em at Tom Scum.
Where can I get a good mince pie for the holidays around here?
I haven't found a premade in years, so I've taken to making my own. I also found a pretty good shortcut. Crosse & Blackwell (sold at Central Market and other places) makes a fairly good jarred fruit mincemeat sold with or without brandy and rum (the brandy and rum is the best, though). Buy a decent frozen pie shell (I like Quelle Shell, also at CM), prep according to package instructions, plop in your filling and bake.
Hi Slewfoot, I agree its hard to get good British Mince pies in the US at all. The ones with the Kidneys went out of fashion some 40 years ago. I have a group of english shops in this area that make their own and can provide pre-made pies. But I agree with some of the other comments, making your own is the best way using good mincemeat.
This is the best way I have found:
You can buy packs of the (authentically British) Mr. Kipling's mince pies at World Market. They're individual-sized mince pies. They also have the Kipling Christmas cake slices.