Today's prepared mincemeat fillings rarely include suet or meat, as they did in the seventeenth century, and can be found in grocery stores around the holidays. Before baking the pie, pierce the upper crust in a decorative pattern with a paring knife to allow steam to escape.
- Yield: Makes 1 nine-inch pie
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- Pate Brisee (Pie Dough)
- 2 prepared twenty-seven-ounce jars mincemeat
- 1 McIntosh apple, peeled, cored, seeded, and grated
- 1 tablespoon brandy
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll half the pate brisee into a 12-inch circle. Fit pastry into a 9-inch glass pie plate; trim dough evenly along edge. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine mincemeat filling, grated apple, brandy, and lemon zest. Spoon filling into the chilled piecrust.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out remaining pate brisee to a 12-inch circle. Cover filling, trim evenly along edge, and press to seal edges. Cut small slits in pastry with the tip of a paring knife, about 3/4-inch apart. Place on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes. Lower the temperature to 350 degrees. and bake until the crust is golden brown and the center bubbles, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.