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Old 18.12.2010, 00:39
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Re: Mince Pies

@Kurbee: I don't get a 'Thanks' button for your post so you'll have to have a 'Thanks!' instead

I followed your recipe (with a few modifications) and now have my first ever homemade mincemeat cooling off in the jars! Mmmmm!
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Re: Mince Pies

Just in case you havn't found a supply of mince pies yet......Orell Fussli, Bahnoffstrasse, Zurich have boxes galore. Mr Kiplings, as well as Rum and Raisin slices, Christmas Pudding slice and much, much more.
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Re: Mince Pies

I know it's too late now, but for next year, the British shop in Zug usually has them in from early December. And like others have said, you can buy mincemeat in Globus.

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I know it's too late now, but for next year, the British shop in Zug usually has them in from early December. And like others have said, you can buy mincemeat in Globus.

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The Brit Shop in Zug closed a number of months ago!
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Seriously?! Wow, it must be longer than I thought since I was last there. *trying to remember* Ah well, good job we didn't go to Zug specially at the weekend then - thanks for the info!
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The Brit Shop in Zug closed a number of months ago!
You dont mean the same as in Britshop.ch?, located here:

Britshop.ch
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CH-6039 Root-Längenbold

and location given as:
"Our shop outlet is located at the D4 Business Center in Root, near Lucerne and Zug".

This can only be coincidental, as I received an XMas order and an offer e-mail on 13th Jan.
Just seemed a bit strange to have two similarly named businesses in and/or near to Zug.
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Re: Mince Pies

Hi there the only place I noticed mince pies was the Brit shop but they sell jars on the filling (mincemeat) in Globus and you can get the ready made pastry in coop/migros (near the fresh pizza and puff pastry). From larger supermarkets you can get a muffin tin and pastry cutters circles. Cut a larger circle place it in the mold of the muffin tin spoon the filling in and cap it with a smaller circle, prick with a fork (glaze with milk - can use a brush or finger) then pop it in the oven as per the instruction on pastry prob about 10 mins. Sprinke with sugar when ready and voila! Sounds lots but easy and in the long run all costs the price of about 3 boxes of mince pies with postage from the Brit shop and you have the other bits to make each year. You can also do with any fillings etc chopped apples. Hope this helps and does not sound daunting - if I can do it anyone can!!
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Don't worry we are far from closing down

It happens quite often that people mistake us with the Londonstore in Zug...unfortunately this is not always to our advantage

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You dont mean the same as in Britshop.ch?, located here:

Britshop.ch
Joanne Fässler
D4 Park 8
CH-6039 Root-Längenbold

and location given as:
"Our shop outlet is located at the D4 Business Center in Root, near Lucerne and Zug".

This can only be coincidental, as I received an XMas order and an offer e-mail on 13th Jan.
Just seemed a bit strange to have two similarly named businesses in and/or near to Zug.
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Hi there the only place I noticed mince pies was the Brit shop but they sell jars on the filling (mincemeat) in Globus and you can get the ready made pastry in coop/migros (near the fresh pizza and puff pastry). From larger supermarkets you can get a muffin tin and pastry cutters circles. Cut a larger circle place it in the mold of the muffin tin spoon the filling in and cap it with a smaller circle, prick with a fork (glaze with milk - can use a brush or finger) then pop it in the oven as per the instruction on pastry prob about 10 mins. Sprinke with sugar when ready and voila! Sounds lots but easy and in the long run all costs the price of about 3 boxes of mince pies with postage from the Brit shop and you have the other bits to make each year. You can also do with any fillings etc chopped apples. Hope this helps and does not sound daunting - if I can do it anyone can!!
I intend to make some mince pies for my family myself. Not being a cook, pastry cook, baker, and so on I do need to know what pastry I can use. So what is this above mentioned ready made pastry from Migros? Is it Blätterteig or Murbeteig or Kuchenteig or Pizzateig. Please let me know.
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I intend to make some mince pies for my family myself. Not being a cook, pastry cook, baker, and so on I do need to know what pastry I can use. So what is this above mentioned ready made pastry from Migros? Is it Blätterteig or Murbeteig or Kuchenteig or Pizzateig. Please let me know.
Personal choice. I love blätterteig myself but a more usual choice is a shorter (perhaps also slightly sweeter) pastry. I think you get prettier results (ie if you are decorating with cutout holly leaves etc) with murbeteig. Simple decoration could be cut the pie lid in the form of a star .. Again puff pastry may rise unevenly and the effect may be lost. Just not pizzateig!
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I intend to make some mince pies for my family myself. Not being a cook, pastry cook, baker, and so on I do need to know what pastry I can use. So what is this above mentioned ready made pastry from Migros? Is it Blätterteig or Murbeteig or Kuchenteig or Pizzateig. Please let me know.
Dunno if it helps much, but I just made a pie using Leisi Kuchenteig. Worked fine. Did a pre-bake and an egg wash so the crust wouldn't get soggy since I was using fruit. Not sure you'd need to do that with a mince pie, though.

I think Blätterteig is puff pastry, so don't use that. Pizzateig would be for pizza, so probably also not for a pie. Don't know what Murbeteig is.
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Dunno if it helps much, but I just made a pie using Leisi Kuchenteig. Worked fine. Did a pre-bake and an egg wash so the crust wouldn't get soggy since I was using fruit. Not sure you'd need to do that with a mince pie, though.

I think Blätterteig is puff pastry, so don't use that. Pizzateig would be for pizza, so probably also not for a pie. Don't know what Murbeteig is.
No no!! Blätterteig is lovely for mince pies! My favourite choice! But it is rather more usual to use shortcrust pastry (murbeteig). the kuchenteig is sweetened shortcrust - my own personal feeling is that mince pies are sweet enough - but it really is personal taste.

Don't knock the puff pastry mince pie until you've tried it

PS if you use an egg wash it goes ontop of the pie lid to give a lovely golden colour but not really necessary particularly if zpyou are going the more conventional sugar dusting topping route. Yum... Must go use up the dregs of my mince filling in a sneaky pie just for me before the kids get back home ...
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I would use the murbeteig ( shortcrust) pastry for mince pies personally if I were buying it ready made but not the sweetened stuff. I usually make my own shortcrust pastry though as I don't think the bought stuff here is as nice as home made. Since moving away from the UK ( a long time ago) I've also made my own mincemeat which is super easy to do and is really nice.
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Thanks for that input. Once my mission is complete and I can see and taste the result I'll be reporting back. I have the feeling it's going to be one lot of Blätterteig and another of Murbeteig. Most of the to be 'testers' have never had mince pies before so it'll be an honest verdict...
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Mince pies? - Yep, I was by Fielmann today and got mine tested, for a new pair.
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Thanks for that input. Once my mission is complete and I can see and taste the result I'll be reporting back. I have the feeling it's going to be one lot of Blätterteig and another of Murbeteig. Most of the to be 'testers' have never had mince pies before so it'll be an honest verdict...



Mission accomplished.


Started with a trial run using Blätterteig and Murbeteig - passed them around and the family vote was for Murbeteig.


The next batch follows.


I'm really pleased with myself I am!!!


Noticed yesterday that the English Bookshop in the Bahnhofstrasse has quite a selection and also sells mincemeat. (and Christmas crackers).
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I get terrible cravings for mince pies, since i was pregnant with my son 5 years ago! Starts in November.

So faced with a lack of mince pies and a lack of desire to pay £6 for a jar of mincemeat I finally made my own mincemeat on Sunday.

The main issue here is the lack of suet, so I found a recipe with butter instead - incredibly easy and tastes pretty fantastic so far:

Ingredients
Makes 1.2 kg (enough for 24 pies). Takes 30 mins.

100g butter
200g soft dark brown sugar eg unrefined muscovado
250ml orange juice
2tsp ground mixed spice
½tsp ground cinnamon
½tsp ginger
Pinch of grated nutmeg
250g Bramley apples
200g sultanas
200g currants
100g dried cranberries
200g mixed candied peel, finely chopped
1tbsp grated orange zest
150ml brandy, cognac, rum or whisky


Combine the butter, sugar, orange juice and all the spices in a saucepan, and leave on a gentle heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth.

Peel, quarter, core and finely chop the apples. Add the chopped apples to the pan, along with the sultanas, currants, cranberries, candied peel and orange zest, stirring well. Bring to the boil, and simmer gently for ten minutes or until the apples have softened, then set aside. Add the brandy, and allow to cool.

When cold, spoon into clean, dry jars, and seal tightly. Store in a cool place until required. You can make this up to six months ahead. Oh well, there’s always next year.

All ingredients from Migros!
Gonna try reviving this one as I'm struggling to find some ingredients (yes I left it way too late).

200g mixed candied peel, finely chopped
Bramley apples

Any ideas?
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Any apples really. Just not too sweet. Candied peel - never found any. Used lemon and orange zest, and candied orange/lemon pieces. We've also added fresh chopped clementines/satsumas.
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Any apples really. Just not too sweet. Candied peel - never found any. Used lemon and orange zest, and candied orange/lemon pieces. We've also added fresh chopped clementines/satsumas.
Migros and Coop both sell candied peel (orange and lemon peel separately), as well as glâce cherries and occasionally angelica. Sold in small, transparent plastic boxes in the baking section.
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Braeburn (or similar) apples
and this:
https://produkte.migros.ch/patissier...uechte-gehackt

But I'd probably drink the brandy, cognac, rum or whisky that would have been used for the mince pie recipe and go out to buy a Bündner Nusstorte which should be close enough and easily obtainable. Add a sprig of holy to it for seasonal (optical) effect.
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