Make Your Own: Mincemeat

Jan Millward provides a simple recipe for making your own mincemeat, a perfect way for your residents to make and give gifts this Christmas.

You will need:

  • Jam jars – sterilised by washing, drying and putting on a try in the oven for about five mins)
  • 30 oz of mixed dried fruit (a mix of raisins, currants, sultanas, mixed peel and a few chopped up glace cherries)
  • 1 lemon(juice & zest)
  • 1 orange (juice & zest)
  • 3 big Bramley cooking apples, cored and chopped
  • 8oz shredded suet (you can get vegetarian suet if you prefer)
  • 12oz dark brown sugar
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 6-8 tbsp brandy
  • pinch of grated nutmeg

Mix all the ingredients in a large ovenproof bowl, apart from the brandy. Cover and leave overnight to allow the flavours to mingle

Heat the oven to 110 degrees celsius. Put the bowl (covered in foil) in the bottom of the oven for a couple of hours. All the suet will melt – it will look pretty disgusting, but it just needs stirring up again!

Add the brandy and stir well, then spoon into sterilised jars. Put the lids on tight and add your labels and tags when it has cooled down.

They make great gifts!