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

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
2 12-ounce jars


Mixed Spice:

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice


  • 1 large green apple, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 ¼ cups sultana raisins

  • 1 ⅛ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup dried currants

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup chopped almonds

  • 1 ½ tablespoons grated orange zest

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup brandy


  1. Prepare mixed spice: 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.

  2. Immerse two clean, 12-ounce jars in simmering water until mincemeat is ready. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.

  3. Prepare mincemeat: 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 mixed spice, and cinnamon. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 10 minutes.

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


Be sure to use jars that are free of any cracks and/or rust.

Orange juice can be used instead of brandy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

156 Calories
5g Fat
22g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 156
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 151mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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