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US Baker Creates Monstrosity After Confusing Minced Meat With Mincemeat

US Baker Creates Monstrosity After Confusing Minced Meat With Mincemeat

A Christmas tart recipe posted on a US website has gone viral, as it confuses minced meat with mincemeat.

And while you could argue that it's an honest mistake, it begs the question: haven't they watched Friends!?

Remember Rachel's recipe for English trifle, containing beef? Credit: NBC
Remember Rachel's recipe for English trifle, containing beef? Credit: NBC

We all remember that episode, right? The one where Rachel messes up the trifle recipe and accidentally adds minced beef and peas.

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The efforts of baker Elaine Lemm came pretty close. Her recipe, which was posted on website The Spruce Eats (and has since been edited), called for two medium apples, shortcrust pastry, butter, sugar... oh, and 255g of mince (of the cow variety).

The step-by-step pictures show the pastry filled with beef, before being layered with sliced apples and sugar, and baked in the oven. It even called for custard (just like Rachel) or brandy sauce.

Obviously Elaine had made a terrible, terrible mistake, having mixed up beef for mincemeat, the traditional festive filling containing dried fruits, alcoholic spirits and spices.

The recipe went viral after one Twitter user posted it online, writing: "Utterly obsessed with this American site that has confused mince with mincemeat, and created this abomination."

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Credit: The Spruce Eats
Credit: The Spruce Eats

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The post has since received tens of thousands of likes and retweets, as well as plenty of comments from people both horrified and amused by the mishap.

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One user wrote: "When things are lost in translation. A traditional mincemeat and apple tart. Umm, I think not... lol," with another adding, "Behold the magic of an American website making a British Christmas mince pie but not knowing what the 'mince' is."

Of course, plenty were quick to point out the Friends link, with a third chiming in: "It seems that the people doing this recipe have done a Rachel."

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No doubt if this had been made at the time, Joey would've loved this meaty sweet pie just as much as the beefy trifle. Pastry? Good. Apples? Good. Meat? Gooooood.

Credit: @imbadatlife/Twitter
Credit: @imbadatlife/Twitter

From one crossover recipe to another, in separate Christmas news a chippy over in Manchester has started selling deep fried roasts.

From Tuesday 10 December until Sunday 5 January 2020, punters can treat themselves to a Northern spin on classic Christmas favourites, including 'Turkey and Stuffing Fritters', 'Brie & Cranberry Parcels' and a giant 'Pig in a Duvet' (a deep-fried pig in blanket).

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Also on offer are battered stuffing balls and deep-fried sprouts, as well as a deep-fried Christmas pudding for afters. And, thankfully, no beefy sweet pies in sight.

Featured Image Credit: The Spruce Eats

Topics: Food, uk news, Funny, US News, Weird

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Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]