They are so cute.
Apparently traditional mince pies in pre- reformation days used to be oval shaped. The oval shape represented the manger, the lid is the swaddling clothes and you can just see Jesus head (made from a slivered almond) peeping out at the top.
I think this tradition died out when the puritans banned Christmas and eating a mince pie became illegal.
Thank you M for making loads of them for us to share yesterday. What a shame we don’t see proper mince pies today. Apparently M showed these to the major super markets and they told him that they were not traditional enough to produce!