If you have never made your own mincemeat, then this is the recipe to change your mind about homemade versus shop bought. My lovely friend Rachel makes this every year and sells it at the school Christmas. Children will love mixing this all up and then bottling it. I also think it makes a great gift, I love getting food presents…one of my favourite things!
You will need
350g (12oz) raisins
225g (8oz) sultanas
225g (8oz) currants
115g (4oz) chopped mixed peel
115g (4oz) chopped blanched almonds
225g (8oz) shredded suet (beef or vegetarian)
450g (1 lb) dark muscovado sugar
350g (12oz) apples, cored and chopped (eg Cox’s)
Grated zest of 2 lemons
Juice of 1 lemon
Grated zest of 2 oranges
Juice of 1 orange
115ml (4 fl oz) brandy
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 rounded tsp grated nutmeg
1 rounded tsp ground allspice
To make your Mincemeat
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large, non-metallic bowl. Cover with clingfilm and leave for a week, giving the occasional stir.
- After a week, pot into cooled, sterilised jars and cover. Keep for a further 2 weeks before using.
Variations – try apricots or red/green glace cherries for a more festive look! You could also add cranberries in place of some of the apple.