How to Make Mince Pies – The Victorian Way – with Meat

When I was a child in the 1950s, I remember the rare mince meat pie on our Christmas table, and even then, I was suspicious of its flavor. Many years later, I learned that mince meat pie is made with real meat–and an exceeding amount of spices. Enjoy the above video that shows how mince meat pies were made hundreds of years ago.

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  • ½ pint whipped cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 12 tbsp flour

Whip the cream until thick. Beat the eggs separately then add to the cream. Lightly whip the flour into the mixture, then pour into 6 well-buttered saucers and bake for a few minutes. Have two together with jam in between. [Mrs. Crocombe’s Recipes]

How to Make Sandwiches – The Victorian Way


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During the Victorian era, a number of people had returned to England after working in India, and they brought their newly discovered appetites for curry with them.

“Some brought their Indian cooks back with them, but others took advantage, either of curry houses – the first was the Hindoustanee in 1810, but there was at least one coffee house serving curry in 1773 – or of the commercially produced curry powder on sale by 1780. Queen Victoria, on whose tables curries appeared throughout her reign, employed Indian servants to wait on her from the 1870s. On at least one occasion one of them cooked her a curry of his own creation, which she greatly enjoyed.” from FutureLearn Here

Recipe for curry powder

Recipe from the New England Cookbook, 1836

Avis Crocombe's Cookbook MRS CROCOMBE’S RECIPES

Avis Crocombe was the cook at Audley End in the 1880s and we are fortunate to have her original notebook of recipes. Our expert on historic cookery has taken these original recipes and made sure that all the ingredients are readily available today. Why not try and recreate a taste of Audley End in Victorian times?





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