Quick-to-mix mincemeat

Quick-to-mix mincemeat

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Prep: 15 mins plus 2 hrs soaking, no cook


Makes 5 x 450g/1lb jars
Why settle for a shop-bought jar of this traditional, festive fruit filling when you can make your own in minutes?

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal54
  • fat1g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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  • 2 large Bramley apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped to give 450g/1lb
    Bramley apples

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  • 450g currants
  • 450g sultanas
  • 450g raisins
  • 200g pot mixed candied peel
  • zest and juice of 1 orange



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  • zest and juice of 1 lemon



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  • 450g dark muscovado sugar
  • 1½ tsp ground mixed spice
  • 100ml Armagnac or brandy, plus more if needed



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • 200g pack beef or vegetable suet


  1. Put everything except the suet into a large mixing bowl and mix well using your hands. Leave for at least 2 hrs, or overnight if you can. Add the suet, mix again, then spoon into sterilised jars (see tip, bottom left) while they are still warm. Will keep for up to 1 year in a cool, dark place. If the mincemeat starts to look dry as it matures, add a little more brandy.

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14th Dec, 2015
How long does this take to mature please?
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18th Dec, 2015
It isn’t essential to mature this, although over time, about 6 weeks, the alcohol flavour and mixed spice will become more mellow.
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