Homemade Mincemeat

This delectable recipe is perfect for making your own mince pies and other pastry treats at Christmas time. Why not try making sweet mincemeat biscuits or mincemeat crumble as well as the more traditional mince pie this Christmas?


250g cooking apples, peeled, cored and cubed
250g dark brown soft sugar
250ml dark rum
250g currants
150g dried cranberries
150g dried blueberries
150g dried cherries
125g butter
75g chopped mixed peel
Zest of one lemon
Zest of one orange
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice


1. Dissolve the sugar in the brandy.

2. Chop the dried fruit to make sure everything is the same size.

3. Combine the dried fruit, apples, butter, mixed peel, lemon zest, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

4. Pour the sugared brandy over the mixture, then mix well.

5. Spoon the mixture into dried sterilised jars then leave them to stand for a month before using in the desired recipe.

If you like sultanas and raisins, feel free to add 100g of each into this mincemeat mixture. If you like your mincemeat with extra spice, try leaving a cinnamon stick in with the mixture for 24 hours and add a few whole cloves and star anise. This recipe serves 12.

Author: Laura Young

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