24 December 2008

Mincemeat (for your mince pies)

Well you can't make mince pies without mincemeat, and what's the point of home making mince pies if you don't make the mincemeat too? :) So here's a recipe from the Hairy Bikers, tweaked a little to add a bit more spark :)

Ingredients :

1 lemon, boiled and deseeded
1 lime, boiled and deseeded
1/2 cooking apple, peeled, cored and chopped
100g raisins
100g sultanas
100g currents
100g mixed dried fruit
75g mixed peel
100g suet
100g dark sugar
50ml sherry
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Method :

1. Boil and deseed the lemon and lime.

2. Add all dried fruit to a mixer, except the currents.

3. Add chopped apple to mixer.

4. Add cut lemon and lime to mixer.

5. Blend until all bigger pieces are mushed up (yes, that's a technical term).

6. Add in suet, sugar and currants and stir.

7. Mix in the sherry.

8. Mix and leave overnight to soak before using.

Perfect for mince pies :)

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