Gluten, meat and sugar free.
It is truly fabulous.
I hadn’t made mincemeat before but if I’d known it could taste this good I would have started years ago.
This mince meat is bathed in butter and brandy and infused with christmas spices, and sweetened with orange juice, zest and maple syrup.
I love Mary Berry (my fantasy adopted Granny) and I imagine her Christmas guests have a very jolly Christmas. In Mary’s Special Mincemeat recipe she adds 200ml of brandy, sherry or rum.
In my recipe here I have kept the brandy to 80ml as I’m planning to take some gluten-free mince pies to a Christmas get together before afternoon school pick up and I don’t want us to end up picking each other up first!
If you’re not a pastry fan this mincemeat would make a delicious stuffing in many a christmas desert or simply sprinkled on the top of some gluten-free ice cream.
If you make one thing this Christmas make sure it’s this.
Mincemeat sans suet tastes a hell of lot yummier. Hell yeah!
Wishing you all a very MERRY Christmas!
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750g x dried mixed fruit (I used Waitrose pre-mixed with Raisins, Currants, Sultanas, Cranberries, Apricots and Pineapple)
You can use your own mix of dried fruit with Raisins and Sultanas being approx. 30 and 40% respectively of the overall mix.
100g x butter cut in to cubes
80ml x brandy
Maple syrup x 3 tablespoons
1 x orange juice and zest
1 x star anise
3 x clove studs
1 x teaspoon of mixed spice
1 x teaspoon of ginger
1 x teaspoon of cinnamon
1 x 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1. mix half the brandy with all the spices, maple syrup and orange zest and juice in a pan and gently heat in a pan stirring constantly for 3-4 mins and set aside
2. in a large pan start to melt the butter and stir in the mixed fruit and heat on a low heat for 10 mins , regularly stiring
3. add the second half of the brandy and enfused syrup from the pan, removing the star anise and clove studs to the dried fruit
4. mix together and add to a steralised jar or jars
The butter can make the mincemeat look a bit cloudy in the jar.