Rating: 3.83 stars
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

Mincemeat is a traditional English treat that is usually used as filling for mince pies during Christmas, but it tastes great mixed with vanilla ice cream, as well. This recipe uses butter instead of the traditional suet, which makes this mincemeat suitable for vegetarians. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 12-ounce jars
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Mixed Spice:
Mincemeat:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice in a bowl. Reserve 1 heaped teaspoon for the mincemeat. Store the rest in a small jar for a later use.

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  • Inspect two 12-ounce jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water until mincemeat is ready. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.

  • Combine apple, sultanas, sugar, currants, raisins, and butter in a saucepan. Cook over low heat and stir gently until butter has melted. Stir in chopped almonds, orange zest, 1 teaspoon of mixed spice, and cinnamon. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and set mincemeat aside to cool down for 30 minutes. Stir in brandy. Spoon into sterilized jars.

Cook's Note:

Orange juice can be used instead of brandy.

Nutrition Facts

156 calories; protein 0.9g; carbohydrates 21.9g; fat 5g; cholesterol 10.2mg; sodium 32.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2019
I used 2 big green apples. Used dried cranberries for currents and vanilla brandy Canned in the same way I do jams and jellies. After 2 weeks, I made the whole batch into a pie using a deep dish 10 inch pie plate. Everyone that said they liked mincemeat pie in general loved it. I got requests to make it again and again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/13/2019
Just not for us. I used the best ingredients so it wasn't that. It's an acquired taste. I was disappointed. Read More
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2019
I used 2 big green apples. Used dried cranberries for currents and vanilla brandy Canned in the same way I do jams and jellies. After 2 weeks, I made the whole batch into a pie using a deep dish 10 inch pie plate. Everyone that said they liked mincemeat pie in general loved it. I got requests to make it again and again. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2020
had to play with the butter a little Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2020
Soupy, not a good balance of ingredients. One apple to a whole cup of brandy! Also note the amounts given serve 24, which would be like a square inch of pie. After cooking, I added 2 pears, more raisins, and a bit of minute tapioca before baking in a pie. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/13/2019
Just not for us. I used the best ingredients so it wasn't that. It's an acquired taste. I was disappointed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2020
I've never made mincemeat before (it's always been easier to buy it back in the UK), but I've been in the US for three years now. So for Thanksgiving I'm making a load of British treats for my american roomies. This is, hands down, the best tasting mincemeat I've ever tried. I had to replace the currants with dried cranberries, and I'm using orange juice rather than booze, but it's totally worth making for yourself. Read More