Mince pies were originally made with meat (hence the term ‘mincemeat’ which was gradually replaced by dried fruits and spices. The original recipe was an oval shape, to be representing the shape of the manger that Jesus slept in. They are quite dry, so often are served with vegan custard or vegan vanilla ice cream. Vegan Mince Pies with Cream ‘Cheese’ Pastry (The Veg Space) have a sweet rich pastry that is crumbly and better than shop-bought. Use a good quality palm-oil-free vegan cream cheese, and a vegan butter/plant milk glaze.
Use vegan butters with no palm oil. Keep these recipes away from pets due to toxic ingredients (dried fruits, nutmeg, pecans, chocolate and fresh dough). Don’t use holly to decorate mince pies near pets (toxic). Read keeping pets safe at Christmas. Although a few leftover mince pie crumbs are okay for garden birds, don’t give them stale or hard leftovers (could choke) nor polyunsaturated fats or alcohol (nor fatty meats with salt, these can smear and affect waterproofing/insulation of feathers). Don’t leave out dried fruits where pets could eat them.
Apple Crumble Mince Pies (So Vegan) combine everyone’s favourite dessert with a mince pie. This recipe uses Bramley apples, as they are great for cooking (choose organic, as waxed ones often contain shellac (dead insects) to make them shiny.