I love this time of year as you can fill the house with delicious smells of fresh citrus and warming spices. Cook over low heat and … I have used my favourite dried fruits in this recipe and it qualifies as luxury because it includes more expensive ingredients such as dried apricots, cranberries and glacé cherries as well as a good amount of brandy. I’m English (in Oz) and almost wanted to put down my English breakfast tea right now and make this – I assumed wrongly that the recipe would include beef mince?! It may not look pretty but mincemeat, the filling in mince pies, is one of the first tastes of a traditional British Christmas. Seal the jars and leave in the fridge for at least 3 weeks before using, as long as the jars are kept chilled they can stay maturing for up to a year. Once the mincemeat has been made, it needs to mature for a few weeks, … Spoon the mincemeat into sterilised jars, making sure it is quite well packed down. I really hope you enjoy the mincemeat – I’m just about to get mine up together also. Makes 4 x 370g jars. Tag @foodnerd4life on Instagram and hashtag it #foodnerd4life. I had my first mince pie this year this weekend – very early, I know, I usually try to leave it to December – at the Good Food Show in London. Combine apple, sultanas, sugar, currants, raisins, and butter in a saucepan. Go on give yourself a treat this Christmas. Mincemeat will keep for a few months at least and will mature. Studded with plump vine fruits, mixed citrus peel, a good splash of brandy, toffee-like dates, matchsticks of crisp apple and a mountain of fresh citrus zest to create Christmas in a jar. You’ve obviously been there way too long!!! Using the. Home › Desserts › Homemade “Luxury” Mincemeat for Christmas, By lovinghomemade on November 17, 2014 • ( 11 ). Anxious to see how it ‘ages’ over the next couple of weeks, in preparation for our Thanksgiving holiday. Make sure you have sterilized cans for preserving at the ready, as this Both make the perfect stocking filler gifts for the foodies in your life, or indeed a treat to yourself! Transfer the mixture between two 1 litre Kilner jars, that have been sterilised and evenly top up the jars with the brandy. Change ). With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to get that itchy festive jumper on, crank up the carols and get baking for the big day. Homemade gifts made with love. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I’m very excited about it – I’ve even been scoping out mince meat pie pans on Amazon! Here is my Luxury Sweet Mincemeat Recipe that turns mince pies into something special. This recipe is suitable for vegetarians and vegans as uses vegetable suet. When ready to make your mince pies, you’ll be welcomed with the pure smell of Christmas in a jar. Special mincemeat. I use meat, suet, (Bishop Pinnin apples) (or a dry cooking apple), raison, currents, brown sugar, fresh lemon juice … ( Log Out /  A great recipe that you can make now and forget about for a couple of weeks, is delicious luxury mincemeat for homemade mince pies. You could easily use it as a base and substitute other fruits or alcohol: maybe glacé pineapple for a more Caribbean take, or marsala, port or cointreau instead of brandy. What I love about them is that not being stamped out like normal graters, they are photo-etched so are super sharp and stay sharp for so much longer, as well as making jobs like zesting fruit a dream as well as using on spices, as I did on a whole nutmeg for this mincemeat for a much fresher flavour. I’ve been a big fan of Microplane for many years, even hunting them out in New York on holiday when they weren’t as available in the UK. My daughter was diagnosed with severe celiac several years ago, and I am slowly trying to transition all of my recipes. This recipe filled exactly three 500ml Kilner jars. Studded with plump vine fruits, mixed citrus peel, a good splash of brandy, toffee-like dates, matchsticks of crisp apple and a mountain of fresh citrus zest to create Christmas in a jar. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! No words or images may be reproduced without permission from the copyright holder. I prefer the flavour of butter to suet in mincemeat – which makes it suitable for vegetarians – but use suet if you wish. Every year, usually after it’s too late for Christmas, I think, I should make home-made mince-meat! Few people today know the taste of true, authentic mincemeat, a dish dating back to the 11th century. Once the mincemeat has been made, it needs to mature for a few weeks, which makes it great to make now to give jars away as Christmas gifts. Every week a couple of tablespoons of extra brandy to help the mincemeat to mature. This makes a perfect gift at Christmas Time. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving x. Tags: apples, brandy, cherries, Christmas, dried apricots, dried cranberries, dried fruit, fruit, glace cherries, Good Food Show, lemon, mince pies, mincemeat, raisins, recipe, seasonal cooking, Aha! The alcohol acts as a preservative and adds a depth of flavour: the alcohol should disappear during cooking. You can definitely learn a lot if you want to. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. With a lot of zest to prepare, I used the Limited Edition Neon Yellow Premium Classic Zester from Microplane to make easy work of all the oranges and lemons I needed to zest. It’s so quick and easy you’ll be able to make some more before Christmas if you run out. No mince, no meat but think the original recipe hundreds of years ago started out as more savoury. I also used the new Microplane Adjustable V-Blade Slicer to make light work of turning my lovely sharp Bramley apples to perfect matchsticks in seconds with the super-sharp julienne-style slicing deck blades, as well as turning into a mandoline with the reversible deck and thickness dial for paper-thin to chunkier slices. Make your mincemeat with your favourite fruits.