Sunday, 21 October 2012


Look away now if you cannot face the thought of Christmas yet.

However, if you are getting a wee bit organised, or stocked up ready, then I thought I would share my mincemeat recipe with you.

You will need:-
450g currants
450g sultanas
450g raisins
450g cooking apples - grated
50g glace cherries - chopped
50g dates - chopped
175g candied peel
450g suet (we used veggie suet)
350g barbados sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
2 lemons (grated rind and juice)
2 tangerines (grated rind and juice)
150ml rum or brandy

Basically bung everything together in a clean washing up bowl (or huge huge mixing bowl).

The smell of lemons and oranges filled the house all afternoon - it was great.

 We used this strange Honey rum that Hope won on a tombola!

Put the mixture into jars - it makes about 7lb, and we used 7 jars.

get creative with decorating the stickers, and suitable fabric choices for lids.

These will be heading off as gifts for special people a bit before Christmas so they can make their mince pies in good time.



  1. Ooh, not made any his year, but I did make mincemeat and marzipan cake today! Delicious!

  2. Ooh Mrs super-organized....I'll have to get Robin onto it this week if she isn't too busy at school - she was talking about when to make the Christmas cake yesterday! Your daughter is absolutely adorable - she looks like she's taking it SO seriously!!

  3. Brilliant - my mincemeat is always shop bought. Never organised enough to make it and make the mince pies!

  4. Wow! You are very organised. Now we have the recipe I have no excuse to not make any. Looks like you had a nice afternoon. Di x