About this recipe: Make your own mincemeat for delectable mince pies this Christmas. If you must take a shortcut, use shop bought pastry. You can stir in 2 tablespoons of brandy before adding the filling to the pie, if desired.
These are amazing! By far, the best mince pies I've had. I don't like peel, so it's difficult to find any that I like. I'll definitely be making these every year - 19 Dec 2013
This was amazing! My English husband said it was even better than his Mum's! I substituted lemon zest for the orange zest and added some walnuts for a bit more texture and 2 tablespoons of dark rum - I didn't have brandy. Kudos! It was D-lish! - 27 Dec 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I am surprised to see that so few people have reviewed or tried this recipe. I love mincemeat pie and this recipe is far superior to anything you could buy in a store or by using jarred mincemeat. I made exactly as written and it came out perfect. The smell of the apples and cinnamon and cloves cooking is out of this world. The orange juice and apple cider add a lot to the pie. Made it at Christmas and again in Feb. Wonderful recipe- 5 stars Peggy Ann - 27 Feb 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)