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  • Recipe website The Spruce Eats went viral this week after a Twitter user pointed out the fact that it had confused minced meat and the British Christmas filling of mincemeat.
  • The finished apple and minced meat tart has been labelled “an abomination” and compared to the scene in “Friends” where Rachel makes an English trifle adding a layer of beef sautéed with peas and onions. 
  • A spokesperson for The Spruce Eats told Insider: “This was an unfortunate, if not hilarious, mix-up by one of our photographers during a recent shoot.”
  • The recipe’s headline has now been updated with “Mincemeat and Apple Tart – Now Meat Free!!” and an editor’s note to explain what mincemeat is.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more details.

An American website, The Spruce Eats, published a mincemeat and apple tart recipe alongside “how to” photos which showed minced meat being used in the Christmas-themed dessert instead of mincemeat.

Luke Bailey, Senior Editor at i, drew attention to the hilarious misstep when he posted on Twitter: “utterly obsessed with this American site that has confused mince with mincemeat, and created this abomination,” with accompanying screengrabs. 

—Luke Bailey (@imbadatlife) December 9, 2019

In typical Twitter fashion, responses came through thick and fast.

Many compared the concoction to the episode of “Friends” where Rachel made a traditional English trifle for Thanksgiving but added a layer of beef sautéed with peas and onions to the mix when the cookbook’s pages got stuck together. 

One reply tweeted a gif of the “Friends” clip.

—Tweet_Deck The Halls 🎄 (@Tweet_Dec) December 9, 2019

Mincemeat in Britain is a traditional sweet filling of chopped dried fruit and spices distilled in spirits, and is usually eaten in mince pies around Christmas time.

The actual recipe was written by a British food expert, Elaine Lemm from North Yorkshire, UK, who contributes to The Spruce Eats site.

Lemm’s recipe was correct, and has been live online for years. However, the funny misunderstanding occurred when the website updated its “how to” visual demonstration of the dish. 

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The Spruce Eats was freshening up its recipe-making photography for readers to follow.
The Spruce Eats


A freelance photography team, who were unfamiliar with the British term of mincemeat, were tasked with reshooting the pictures and used actual minced meat instead, the site told Insider.

A spokesperson said: “This was an unfortunate, if not hilarious, mix-up by one of our photographers during a recent shoot.

“As soon as we were alerted to the mistake, we fixed the photo in the article.”

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The freelance photography team interpreted mincemeat as minced meat.
The Spruce Eats


The confusion over the meat and apple tart was initially highlighted in a comment under the recipe by user Steve3742 three months ago. 

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A comment left by Steve3742 pointed out the error three months ago.
The Spruce Eats


However, Bailey’s tweet caused the amusing recipe photos to go viral.

Sadly, the original meat pie pictures have now been removed and replaced with a correct mincemeat and apple tart image.

The recipe’s headline has also been tweaked to read “Mincemeat and Apple Tart – Now Meat Free!!” along with an editor’s note to explain the difference between minced meat and the British mincemeat. 

The site added: “We hope this provided a good laugh and a happy holiday season to all!”

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