Today, two American girls got together to make an English holiday staple - mince pies. Rachel's husband, Jonathan, is British and really loves them, so we wanted to have these on hand for our Christmas dinner in a few weeks.
Our pies turned out pretty good despite the fact that we had to make everything from scratch, from the fruity mincemeat filling to the pastry. We even had to borrow a proper food scale from my neighbor to be able to measure out the ingredients for the recipe since we Americans don't tend to measure food weight in grams. (And...c'mon people, you just don't find many recipes for mince pies with American measurements!)
We rolled and pressed and filled and topped.
We egg-washed (it's a technical term).
Then we baked. It was a little tricky getting them out of the muffin tins when they were done, but most of them came out successfully.
Rachel took one home for Jonathan to sample, and they have been approved for consumption.
Not too bad for two American girls.