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Classic Christmas mincemeat recipe

Classic Christmas mincemeat recipe

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This festive mincemeat will last a very long time if kept in an airtight container, so you can make this well in advance of giving. See method

  • Serves 4 jars approx 48 mincepies
  • 15mins to prepare plus overnight cooling
  • 75 calories / serving


  • 2 large eating apples, grated, skin on
  • 500g Tesco Dried Mixed Fruit
  • 60g glace cherries, chopped in 4 pieces
  • 60g chopped almonds (optional)
  • 100g shredded suet (beef or vegetarian)
  • 175g soft dark brown sugar
  • 2tbsp golden syrup
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 2tsp mixed spice
  • 4tbsp brandy, Amaretto or rum
If you don't have any apples, try using pears

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    2g 3%
  • Saturates

    1g 6%
  • Sugars

    13g 15%
  • Salt

    0g 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 14g Protein 0.2g Fibre 0.6g


  1. Sterilise jars with lids by running through the dishwasher, or washing and warming in an oven.
  2. Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Cover with clingfilm and allow flavours to blend overnight. The next day, stir the mincemeat to mix thoroughly, and pot in sterilised jars. Allow the flavours to blend for a couple of days before using.

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