Sandham family mincemeat

Sandham family mincemeat

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins No cook

Easy

Makes about 1.8kg (4 x 500ml jars)
A real treat. Associate food editor, Barney Desmazery, has had this recipe in his family for 100 years

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per tablespoon

  • kcal0
  • fat4g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.02g
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Ingredients

  • 1 Bramley apple
    Bramley apples

    Bramley apple

    bram-lee app-el

    A large, flattish cooking apple, green in appearance but sometimes with specks of red. The flesh…

  • 300g raisin
  • 300g currant
  • 300g shredded suet (use vegetarian if you prefer)
  • 250g dark muscovado sugar
  • 85g mixed chopped peel
  • grating nutmeg
  • pinch mixed spice
  • grated zest and juice 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 100ml whisky
    Whisky

    Whisky

    wisk-ee

    Whisky usually means an ethanol-based spirit produced in Scotland. Ethanol is an intoxicating…

  • 4 fresh bay leaf

Method

  1. Peel and grate the apple and set aside. Mix all the ingredients except the apple, whisky and bay leaves in the order they are listed.

  2. Stir through the apple, then add the whisky once all the other ingredients are completely combined.

  3. Pack the mincemeat into sterilised jars.

  4. Tuck a bay leaf into each jar to scent the mincemeat, then seal. Leave for 2 weeks before using. Will keep for 6 months.

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marola
17th Jan, 2011
5.05
Perfect. Made it in Sept. 2009 and I just finished the last jar this Christmas!! It is only supposed to last three months but the jars were well sealed and there was nothing wrong with the mincemeat. Will be making more for Christmas 2011. To Gillian in Sweden instead of suet you could use grated butter. It's easier to grate if the butter is very cold. I do this when I make a microwave Christmas pudding.
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stephie70
5th Dec, 2013
Sorry I reported your comment by accident, I meant to like it :/
ajirvine
24th Dec, 2010
5.05
So easy to make and just gets better with time. Finally baked it into tiny mince pies and everyone agrees that it's just lovely. I've still got a jar left - I just need to find something to do with it.
anna_maciejkowicz
20th Dec, 2010
5.05
We were skeptical about using whisky instead of brandy but this mincemeat was delicious in mince pies even before maturing.
gabba92
7th Dec, 2010
5.05
INCREDIBLE, the recipe is PERFECT don't anyone change a thing!!
nickythomas42
26th Nov, 2010
I make this mincemeat every year and it is fabulous. People who don't normally like mince pies have really enjoyed the filling. It isn't as rich as shop bought stuff and takes hardly any time to make...so well worth making your own...then you can still cheat and buy some ready made pastry but have the satisfaction that you made the filling!
vgleave
24th Nov, 2010
5.05
Just made this and feel so christmassy already! Really easy to make, the most difficult bit was weighing things out with electric scales which were running out of battery! Used brandy instead of whiskey as thats what i had in the cupboard, cannot wait to taste!
d41d0y
20th Nov, 2010
5.05
So easy to make, just grate, chop add and mix! Used rum rather than whisky but I loved how the kitchen filled with the smell of Christmas as I made it. Will be making mince pies with half and giving away the rest. Had to get suet sent to me from England! Can't wait to try.
jessclargo
8th Nov, 2010
5.05
delicious! so much smoother than shop bought stuff and lovely warm spicy flavour.
pinkfiss
5th Nov, 2010
5.05
Just made this mincemeat it was so easy, hope it tastes as good as it looks and smells!

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