Today, mincemeat typically contains dried fruits and spices. Originally, it also contained beef suet, beef or venison.
I can't even.
Mincemeat Christmas Cake
1940s economical recipe from vintage Hellman's advertising
Mix 1 cup prepared mincemeat, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tbsp. rum flavoring (even better, use rum). Blend 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 1/2 cup buttermilk. Over mixture, sift 3 cups sifted flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 3/4 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt. Add grated rind of 1 orange, mix thoroughly. Stir in mincemeat mixture. Line bottom of 9-inch tube pan with brown paper, pour in batter, bake at 325˚F for 2 hours.
The pies and cake on this 1940s holiday buffet table aren't Martha Stewart-perfect, they're better. They're homemade, made with love, probably by a woman, almost certainly one who was thinking about her family when she made them.
Check out that awesome vintage wallpaper.
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