Monday, 19 December 2011

Instant Mincemeat Recipe

I've posted this recipe before  .. but it so good I'm posting it again ! 

Christmas week I seem to rush about like my hair os on fire I often realise too late that I haven't made mince meat. This recipe is so quick and simple to make - it's happiness a pot as fa as I am concerned. Packed full of orange, spices and fruit - it tastes fantastic and what's more a jar in the fridge makes a super emergency gift - and you know you need that peace of mind of having one stashed - just in case!

Makes 2 x 440ml Jars
Preparation 10 minutes
Cooking 20 minutes
170 ml Orange and Cinnamon Brandy (or just brandy )
200g soft brown sugar
170g dried cherries/ blueberries or mixture
300g Fresh Cranberries
200g of currents and raisins
30g peeled very finely grated fresh ginger
2 tsp mixed spice
juice and zest of 2 medium oranges
a Vanilla pod cut into 4 pieces

1 Add the sugar and brandy into a large pan and warm gently. Add the fresh cranberries and cook gently for about 3 minutes. Stir well.
2 Tip the Dried fruit, ginger, mixed spice, orange juice and zest and vanilla and stir well. Cover and simmer very gently for about 15 minutes, stirring and checking occasionally.
3 Spoon into clean jars and store in the fridge. This keeps happily for up to 2 weeks.


  1. Just about to make my "best ever"mince pies tonight and then I spot your great little video on making mincemeat. "Too late" she cried no time left now I am madly trying to cram too many things in before the big day - but have popped this in the memory banks for next year. I bet the smell was heavenly!

  2. Great new look Vanessa. Home made mincemeat is a revelation. I made the nicest mince pies I think I've ever eaten this weekend with my chocolate mincemeat. Your cranberry sounds gorgeous too.

  3. That mincemeat could be the one for my pies tomorrow. Love the new look of your blog. Can't remember if I commented before but I love your door wreath.

  4. Really love the new look Blog, and I must give your instant mincemeat recipe a try as I still have a cupboard full of dried fruits to use up! X

  5. Sounds gorgeous. LOVE the new look (although a strange sound! - not sure where it comes from :))
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your lovely family and can't wait to see what 2012 brings.


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