Make mine mince: Mincemeat recipes (1950)

Original publication: Woman's Day Date: November 1950
Categories: 1950s, Dessert recipes, Food & drink, Side dish recipes
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Make mine mince mincemeat recipes-1950

Make mine mince

By Marjorie Henderson

Packaged mincemeat gives a holiday touch to a variety of dishes

Bananas with mincemeat

Costs 25 cents (October 1950) – 6 servings

1/2 package dry mincemeat
2/3 cup boiling water
3 bananas
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Break mincemeat into saucepan. Cook in boiling water for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Score bananas, and cut in 1/2-inch slices. Arrange in shallow baking dish, and spoon mincemeat evenly over the top. Sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake in moderate oven, 350 F, for about 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Chocolate mincemeat drop cookies

Costs 65 cents (October 1950) – Makes about 3 dozen

1-pound package chocolate-cake mix
2/3 cup water
1 package dry mincemeat
1/2 cup chopped nuts or coconut

Combine cake mix and water, and beat until smooth. Break mincemeat into small pieces, and add to cake mix. Stir in nuts. Drop from teaspoon 2 to 3 inches apart onto greased cookie sheet. Bake in moderate oven, 350 F, for about 15 minutes. Remove at once from cookie sheet.

Pumpkin-mince pie
Costs 69 cents (October 1950) – makes one 10-inch pie

Pastry (1 cup flour)
1 package dry mincemeat
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
3/4 to 1 cup light-brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 tall can evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs, grade B (1 white stiffly-beaten)
Few drops lemon extract

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Line a deep 10-inch piepan with pastry. Chill. Break mincemeat into saucepan. Cook in boiling water for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool; then chill. Mix pumpkin, sugar, salt, and spices in another saucepan. Stir in milk; add butter; heat until butter is melted. Pour over slightly beaten eggs; add flavoring. Strain onto stiffly beaten egg white, and mix. Cool. Spread mincemeat in bottom of pastry-lined pan; pour pumpkin mixture over top. Bake in very hot oven, 500 F, for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to moderate, 325 F, and continue baking for 25 to 35 minutes, or until set.

Ginger-mince upside-down cake

Costs 60 cents (October 1950) – makes 8 servings

1 package dry mincemeat
1/2 cup boiling water
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 cups canned sliced apples
1 package gingerbread mix

Break mincemeat into saucepan. Cook in boiling water for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool. Melt the butter in an 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan; sprinkle with brown sugar. Arrange apple slices in pan, and pour mincemeat over apples. Prepare gingerbread mix as directed on the package, and pour over the mincemeat. Bake in moderate oven, 350 F, for about 35 minutes. When done, turn upside down onto a serving plate.

Holiday sweet potatoes

Costs 33 cents (October 1950) – Makes 4 servings

1 23-ounce can whole sweet potatoes in heavy syrup
1/2 package dry mincemeat
1/3 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter

Empty sweet potatoes, undrained, into greased 2-quart casserole. Break mincemeat into saucepan. Cook in boiling water 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover sweet potatoes with mincemeat; sprinkle with brown sugar; dot with butter. Cover, and bake in moderate oven, 350 F, for about 45 minutes.

Mincemeat squares

Costs 44 cents (October 1950) – Makes 16 pieces

1 package dry mincemeat
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup molasses
2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
3/4 teaspoon salt

Break mincemeat into saucepan. Cook in boiling water for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool. Cream shortening. Add sugar gradually; then beat in molasses. Add dry ingredients; mix well. Spread half the oat mixture in greased 9 x 9 x 1-inch baking pan. Press mixture down firmly. Spread mincemeat filling on oat mixture. Then spread evenly with remaining oat mixture, pressing down firmly with fingers. Bake in moderate oven, 350 F, for 30 to 40 minutes. Cool; cut into squares.

Costs are based on prices in large supermarkets throughout the United States as we go to press.


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Source publication: Woman's Day

Publication date: November 1950


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