Saturday, December 22, 2012


I am such a Christmas traditionalist, I make the same Christmas cake, and puddings year in, year out.  This keeps the family happy, but isn't great for blogging purposes!

This year I tried a new mince meat recipe (I know - how daring of me!!!), I think I got the original idea from a Lotte Duncan T.V. show, but have tweaked it quite a bit - and I think it's good.  It tastes great (pretty essential) but also, it is easy to put together and it is low fat (we won't mention the pastry that's going to be wrapped around it!!).

Mince Meat
(most popular eaten from the jar!!)

500g        sultanas (I used golden)
500g        raisins
100g        candied peel
250g        dark brown sugar
250g        light brown sugar
4 tbsp      orange marmalade
1 tsp        mixed spice
1 tsp        cinnamon
1/2 tsp     grated nutmeg
150 ml     dark rum
150 ml      brandy
Juice and zest of two oranges

Sterilise a large jar (or a few smaller ones)

Chop up the mixed peel, and add to a bowl with the other fruits.
Add the rum, brandy and orange juice, and allow to absorb for an hour or 10.
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
Place in the sterilised jars and HIDE.*
Use in mince pies, cakes and ice-creams.

*My first batch mysteriously disappeared!!

Happy Christmas to you all - thanks a million for sticking with me, it's much appreciated.


Manu said...

Wow looks delicious!!
Merry Christmas

Janice said...

very yummy looking

Unknown said...

looks like little christmas jewels in a jar... Merry Christmas honey xxx

Stephen C said...

I am so grateful to have a mincemeat recipe. I have not had a mincemeat pie in many, many years. Early 2013 here it comes.

Jo said...

Looks lovely, I can see why the first batch mysteriously disappeared!

Alchemy In The Kitchen said...

You just cannot beat homemade mincemeat. The best commercially produced stuff doesn't even come close. I love the idea of the marmalade in your recipe. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas, Hester x

Ana Regalado said...

Never mind the mince pies , I'll have this yummy concoction as my ice cream topping :D

Happy holidays !!!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Looks lovely! You have a really nice it!
Happy holidays!


Sommer said...

I didn't make mince pies this year, but I still made booze filled pies for Santa/Father Christmas!!! This looks sooo good. I miss the christmassy smells of mincemeat. Thanks for sharing. Miss ya, lady!!!

Solange Berchemin of Pebble Soup said...

Will springpad right away. Sounds yummy.

Julie said...

Sounds very festive! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas :)

Choclette said...

Get some chocolate in there girl, it really adds an extra zing. Mind you the use of marmalade is rather a good one. Hope you had a good Christmas and I wish you the very best for 2013.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I can almost smell this. I love mincemeat, but have never made my own. Looks delicious. Happy New Year!

The Ordinary Cook said...

It's lovely to see you back into blogging action. May this year bring you joy. I look forward to more BVG posts.

Anonymous said...

looks great - hope you have a great xmas and happy New Year!

Jemima said...

Happy Christmas. I made those brownies you posted way back, no. 16, with cherries in - left it too late for mincemeat! (PS I was Lady Cherry before!) x

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Sláinte!