Sweet Mincemeat, it’s not Christmas without a mince pie!

Believe me that I’d never bother making this if I could buy it ready made, but I can’t so I did and was pleasantly surprised how quick it was and wow does it smell gorgeous!

Take a good sized mixing bowl. Zest 1 orange and 1 lemon, squeeze the juice from half of each into the bowl. Finely dice a small apple. Add 225 grams of sultanas and 100 grams of finely chopped candied peel, 225 grams of light brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of mixed spice.  Pour over 60 ml of brandy and leave to soak overnight.

The next day add 115 grams of vegetable suet and leave for a couple of hours so the ingredients absorb more of the liquid. That’s it, easy! You can store it in sterilised jars but I’ve just put mine in a Tupperware as it won’t last longer than a week given the volume of mince pies I’m making! 

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