Easy Fruity Mincemeat
Take 40 minutes out of your day and make enough mincemeat to see yourself and half your family through the mince-pie eating season! I usually keep a few jars for myself and use the rest of the mincemeat to give away as early Christmas treats. Buy some nice new jam jars (loads available online!) fill to the brim with this pretty mincemeat (the cherries and cranberries make it far more attractive than shop brought stuff). Tie a piece of ribbon around the neck and take as a gift to friends when you visit during November and December. Everyone likes unexpected gifts and it gives them a chance to use it when making their own mince-pies before Christmas.
Ingredients to make roughly 3lb mincemeat
4 bramley apples, peeled, cored and grated
12oz light muscovado sugar
Zest and Juice of 1 orange
Zest and Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp each of ground nutmeg, cloves and allspice
4 oz dried cranberries
4oz golden or flame raisins
4 oz large sultanas
4 oz glace cherries
3 ½ fl oz brandy
3 oz flaked almonds
4 oz vegetable suet
Put the grated apple and any juices, sugar, zests and citrus juices into a large saucepan. Bring gently to a simmer, stirring until the sugar has melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the spices, dried fruit and brandy. Set aside to cool.
Once cool, stir in the almonds and suet.
Divide between sterilized jars. Press down to push out any air between spoonfuls and seal.
Will keep unopened in the fridge for months, so perfect to get some Christmas cooking out of the way during Autumn! I have even kept it to use the following year and its been fine.
*Add a tablespoon or two of this mincemeat to a basic flapjack recipe for a seasonal twist! *