Make your own mince meat for delicious mince pies and Christmas tarts
Everybody loves mince pies! They taste of Christmas no? A classic during our festive season. This year make it a bit different. Why not serve them warm with some vanilla ice-cream? Hot, cold, small, sprinkled with sugar or a large tart…. they come in all varieties. But as we all know, the home made ones are always the award winners! Baking can be a bit tedious but if you plan ahead it could be a very rewarding and satisfying family activity.
Following is an interesting ‘mincemeat’ mix for a colourful, tangy, yummy and fruity Christmas treat. You must prepare the mince meat a few days ahead, before baking your pies. Mince meat needs to ‘mature’ a bit and the flavours to mingle before you go to the next step. And if you don’t want to make little individual ones, just make a large tart and save yourself some time… whilst still treating yourself to the real home made stuff!
Yield: approx. 24 tarts
100 grams cranberries
200 grams raisins
125 grams chopped pitted prunes
100 grams sultanas
200 grams currants
100 grams chopped pitted dates
200 grams chopped candied peel
400 grams soft dark brown sugar
300 grams suet
500 grams apples – roughly grated with skins on
grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
100 grams flaked almonds
4 tsp mixed spice
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
200 ml brandy
Mix everything together and pack in a large clean sterilized jar. Keep in a cool dark place and use for mince pies and mincemeat tart. You shall need good sweet pastry dough for the pie cases.