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Not a Downton fan was stirring across the PBS network Sunday night as all eyes were riveted to the Return To Downton special.  Susan Sarandon hosted the look back across the three seasons and more importantly a peak at Season 4. Will Mary survive Matthew’s Death, will Downton survive the 1920’s, will Anna and Bates live happily ever after, will Lady Rose stay out of trouble?  So many questions that will be revealed come the launch of Season 4.

In the meantime the holiday season is upon us and a good time to celebrate in true Downton style by serving traditional British holiday sweets.  Stock up on your dried fruits as this week we recap on traditional favorites to add to your holiday trays and a new recipe for healthy easy mincemeat oatmeal squares. 

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Easy Mincemeat Oatmeal Squares



Easy Holiday Mincemeat Oatmeal Squares

Nothing says British Christmas like mincemeat. By the Victorian era, cooks were starting to make mince without meat, but the tradition of suet remains. You can substitute shortening to get a similar result. My local butcher gives it to me free so you may wish to give it a try. Once you have made a large batch of mincemeat you can easily prepare a number of delicious sweets for visiting guests over the holidays.
Course Afternoon Tea
Cuisine English, Vegetarian, Victorian
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 squares


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup medium rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup Not Quite TraditionalMincemeat
  • 1 cup icing sugar shifted
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • 2–3 tbsp. milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9 inch square pan by lightly greasing.
  • Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and rolled oats. Cut in the butter until it is thoroughly mixed in, then add the egg and mix thoroughly.
  • Press half of the oat mixture into the pan. Spoon themincemeat on top of the crumble. Crumble the remaining oat mixture on top of themincemeat.
  • Bake for 30 to 35minutes.
  • While cooling mix the icing sugar and ginger, adding enough milk to thin to drizzling consistency. Drizzle over the warm pan. Cool and cut into bars.


It is easy to make your own mincemeat

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