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Traditional Mincemeat

This traditional mincemeat recipe from a McCarthy Stone homeowner is a must for Christmas and perfect for homemade mince pies. It’s also economical and as it uses vegetable suet it is a vegetarian mincemeat recipe too.

mince pies
Posted 29 November 2022
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Prep: 1 week (10 minutes per day) Cook: 30 minutes


  • 12 oz/350g raisins
  • 7 oz/200g cut mixed peel
  • 1 lb/500g sultanas
  • 8 oz/240g shredded vegetable suet
  • 12 oz/350g soft brown sugar
  • 6 teaspoons mixed spice
  • Grated rind and juice of one orange
  • 1 lb/500g finely chopped Bramley apples
  • 1/4 pint/150 ml brandy


  1. You’ll need 4-6 sterilised jam jars.
  2. You can sterilise by washing in hot soapy water and then heating in the oven at 100 degrees C for about 10 minutes.
  3. Mix together dry ingredients in LARGE mixing bowl.
  4. Add finely chopped apples, orange zest and juice, and brandy.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Leave in the bowl and cover securely with cling film.
  7. Stir every day for a week.
  8. Fill the sterilised jars - press down firmly to exclude air and add a little brandy to each jar if necessary.
  9. Keep in the fridge (where it will keep for 2 or 3 years).
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