When I was a kid, I remember taking a bite of mince meat pie wondering why this would be a dessert, and being very surprised at how yummy it was.  I am sure it was some frozen store-bought version, but I thought it was just so amazing that they had made meat taste like fruit and spices.  (Little did I know it had no meat whatsoever in it.) The mixture of fruit and meat with strong spices was brought to England from the Middle East during the crusades.  It became a Catholic custom to eat it at Christmas, and during the English Civil War, was outlawed by Puritan leaders.  According to an excellent wikipedia page on Mince Pie, in his History of the Rebellion, Marchamont Needham wrote…