Quick mincemeat

Quick mincemeat
  • Serves icon Makes 1.125kg (enough for 3 X 375g jars)
  • Time icon Takes about 20 minutes to make

Homemade mincemeat has never been so easy, try this recipe in your mince pies this Christmas.


  • 110g sultanas
  • 170g raisins
  • 170g currants
  • 170g grated Bramley apples
  • 110g suet
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 100g finely chopped mixed peel
  • 65g blanched and chopped almonds
  • ½ tbsp mixed spice
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Large splash of brandy

See our master recipe for rich shortcrust mince pie pastry here.


  1. In a bowl, mix together 110g sultanas, 170g each raisins and currants, 170g grated bramley apples, 110g suet, 200g soft brown sugar, 100g finely chopped mixed peel, 65g blanched and chopped almonds, ½ tbsp mixed spice, the zest and juice of 1 orange, and a large splash of brandy.
  2. Wash some clean jars in warm soapy water, rinse and dry in a low oven. Spoon the mincemeat into the sterilised jars and seal – they’ll keep for 12 months.

delicious. tips

  1. If you don’t have time to make it, a good version is Duerr’s Luxury Mincemeat, from Sainsbury’s and Netto.

  2. We recommend that you make this mincemeat about a month advance so that it develops a good depth of flavour.


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