About this recipe: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!
250g seedless raisins
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
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Method Prep:10min › Extra time:21days › Ready in:21days10min
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.
The next day, stir the mixture again then place in sterile, dry jars for 3 to 4 weeks before using in your favourite recipe.
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