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Have you ever wondered how to make mincemeat, the delicious filling that goes inside those adorable little pies you see everywhere around Christmas time? Well, this recipe will show you how!
Before we look at how to make mincemeat, you may be wondering what mincemeat even is, and why it is called that? Mincemeat is a filling, usually baked into pies (called mince pies), and historically, it did contain meat and was savoury rather than sweet. Modern day mincemeat typically contains only fruit, although 'traditional' versions will still include suet.
The recipe below will show you how to make mincemeat in the modern way, using only fruits and spices (and booze, of course!). It does not include suet or butter, as it sometimes used as a substitute, and is therefore also vegan friendly. For added texture and nutty flavour, you can include some flaked almonds or chopped pistachios in your mincemeat mixture - be as creative as you like.
This recipe is bursting with fruity and citrusy flavours, and the fresh cranberries add a tartness to it that makes it light and uplifting to eat, rather than rich and heavy. I will find any excuse to use fresh cranberries when they're in season, but if you can't find them fresh, then it's fine to use frozen cranberries.
Make this mincemeat ahead of time, and store it in a sterilised jar in the fridge for up to two weeks before baking it into your favourite mince pie recipe. Or make extra batches and package them up for friends - an ideal festive gift!