Homemade mincemeat

    21 days 10 min

    Here is a classic mincemeat recipe without any suet. You can mix up the dried fruits a bit, substituting dried cranberries, cherries or blueberries for some of the raisins and sultanas. Perfect for your mince pies at Christmas!

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    Serves: 12 

    • 250g seedless raisins
    • 250g sultanas
    • 250g currants
    • 65g mixed peel
    • 250g cooking apples, peeled and finely chopped
    • 125g butter, softened
    • grated zest of 1/2 a lemon
    • grated zest of 1/2 an orange
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • pinch of nutmeg
    • pinch of allspice
    • 250g dark brown soft sugar
    • 250ml brandy or dark rum

    Prep:10min  ›  Extra time:21days  ›  Ready in:21days10min 

    1. Make sure all of the dried fruits are finely chopped to around the same size. In a large bowl, mix all the fruit, apples, butter, zest and spices together till well combined. Dissolve the sugar in the brandy and pour it over the mixture. Cover and let stand overnight.
    2. The next day, stir the mixture again then place in sterile, dry jars for 3 to 4 weeks before using in your favourite recipe.

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    This homemade mincemeat recipe was so easy to make. I've yet to use it - still waiting a few weeks! - but it tastes and smells gorgeous so far! I am sure it'll be fabulous in my mince pies for Christmas. Since it is so easy, next time I will double the recipe and give smaller jars as food gifts!  -  18 Nov 2011


    An excellent recipe; I pulse everything in the processor for a few moments making sure it's not too mushy before adding the brandy. I particularly like Delia Smith's oaty recipe for my mince slices as pastry is not a favourite in our house.  -  28 Nov 2012


    Easy to do and tastes great. I doubled the recipe with no problems.  -  19 Nov 2013

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