Blitz ‘n’ blend mincemeat

A traditional boozy mincemeat that’s ready in 20 minutes – make a big batch, bottle up and give as gifts

  • Ready in 20 minutes
  • Serves 64
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 81
  • fat 2g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 14g
  • sugars 5g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 0g
  • salt 0.02g


  • 50g blanched almond
  • 100g candied peel
  • 1 Bramley apple, peeled, cored and chopped into large chunks
  • 50g stem ginger, plus 2 tbsp syrup from the jar
  • 50g glacé cherry
  • 50g ready-to-eat dried pineapple
  • 225g each of sultanas/ raisin /currants
  • 140g shredded suet
  • 225g light muscovado sugar
  • ¼ tsp each powdered ginger /mixed spice/nutmeg
  • grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 150ml brandy or dark rum


  1. In your food processor, pulse the almonds, peel, apple, ginger, cherries and pineapple together until finely chopped (but not mushy), then tip into a large bowl. In batches, pulse the sultanas, raisins and currants until just chopped a little bit then add to the bowl.

  2. Sprinkle the suet and sugar, salt and spices over all the chopped fruit and mix well. To mix, squelch through fingers. Pour over the ginger syrup, orange juice and zest and alcohol, then mix again. Spoon the mixture into sterilised jars and keep until needed.

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