Mincemeat

Mincemeat

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From
B.I.Y. Bake It Yourself
Makes
1.6 kg

Once you can make mincemeat, you can have an unending supply of mince pies! If you’re vegetarian, replace the beef suet with vegetable suet, or if you’re not into suet at all, melt 225 g of unsalted butter and stir that into the mix instead (this is actually quite delicious).

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
225g cooking apples
225g currants
225g raisins
225g sultanas
100g candied mixed peel
2 oranges, zest finely grated
2 unwaxed lemons, zest finely grated
100ml brandy
100ml almond liqueur, such as amaretto
225g beef suet, shredded
2 teaspoons mixed spice
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
200g dark brown muscovado sugar

Tool kit

Quantity Ingredient
4 empty jam jars with lids
4 waxed paper discs, (available online)

Method

  1. Chop the apples into tiny cubes (less than 1 cm) and put in a large bowl with the currants, raisins, sultanas, mixed peel and zests. Pour the brandy and liqueur over the fruit and mix with a wooden spoon until all the fruit is coated in booze. Cover with cling film and leave for at least 6 hours for the fruit to plump up.
  2. Tip in the suet, spices and sugar and mix well with a wooden spoon. Leave to stand overnight, stirring occasionally every now and then (don’t stay up half the night; before bed and in the morning will do).
  3. Sterilise 4 empty jam jars with lids – a hot wash in the dishwasher will be fine for this – and spoon the mincemeat into them. Lay a waxed paper disc in each jar and seal it. This lasts for ages… my jars go on at least until next year and the year after that.

Note

  • This recipe has a level 1 (beginner) difficulty.

Extras

  • Swap out the liqueur content, if you like, with whatever feels Christmassy to you. I’m always a sucker for sticking Grand Marnier in mine, but try not to lose the brandy as, for some reason, it just tastes wrong without it. Muck about with the fruit here, too. Swap in dried cranberries, sour cherries or chopped apricots if you want a nice sharp note; just maintain the same total weight of fruit and you’ll be fine. Happy Christmas!
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Great British Bake Off
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