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"Mrs. Weasley had sent Harry a scarlet jumper with the Gryffindor lion knitted on the front, also a dozen home-baked mince pies, some Christmas cake, and a box of nut brittle."

Mince pie is a British festive sweet pastry, traditionally consumed during the Christmas and New Year period. Molly Weasley gave Harry Potter a dozen home-baked mince pies for Christmas in 1993.[1]

Mince pies are so called because they are filled with a spiced fruit mixture called "mincemeat", the latter itself being so-called because it traditionally included minced or shredded meat as well as the fruit. The mix nowadays consists of raisins/sultanas and similar spices to those used in Christmas puddings or cakes, often with candied orange peel as well, and in the case of luxury versions sometimes nuts or brandy.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 11 (The Firebolt)

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