Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Recipe - Homemade Christmas Mincemeat

This has to be my all time favourite Christmas recipe. Not only is it absolutely delicious but the smell of it cooking is to die for. It scents the kitchen so beautifully that you don't want to leave the room, better than any Christmas scented candle! It also makes a lovely Christmas gift in a nice jar with some ribbon and a pretty tag. Handy to have on standby for those awkward devils who bring you a gift when you weren't expecting one!

You will need

1lb cooking apples - peeled, cored and finely chopped or grated
8oz shredded suet
12oz raisins
8oz sultanas
8oz currants
8oz mixed peel, finely chopped
12oz dark brown soft sugar
grated rind and juice of 2 oranges
grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
2oz sliced almonds
4tsp mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 a nutmeg, grated
6 tablespoons of brandy

Simply mix together all of the ingredients except for the brandy in a large bowl, then cover with a cloth and leave for 12 hours

Cover the bowl loosely with foil and cook at 120 degrees C for three hours. This slowly melts the suet and allows it to coat all of the other ingredients. This coating prevents fermentation if too much juice seeps from the apples during storage

Allow the mincemeat to get cold, stir in the brandy and decant into sterilised jars

How easy was that? Add to pastry cases and top with pastry stars or sandwich between layers of puff pastry for festive treats!


  1. Sounds lovely even though I'm not a huge mince pie fan! Homemade ones with homemade mincemeat are far better than any other though! I love your Made Up Of Little Things labels though.
    perhaps you could do a giveaway with some of your delicious homemade goodies sometime.

    1. Thanks, my very talented friend made them! Good idea :-) xx

  2. lovely post! I look forward to making them! Just wondering, is there a vegetarian alternative for suet? xx

  3. Looks delicious, bet it's 10x better than shop bought stuff x

  4. Looks delicious! I really want to try making my own mincemeat, I think this might be one to remember for next year :)

    1. I'll have to link it in a Christmas post next year I think :-) xx

  5. Last year I got my mincemeat from M&S, but as I read this recipe, it doesn't seem difficult at all, I think I'll use your recipe this year! x

    1. It's really simple, definitely worth a try xx


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