Cheats Mincemeat

Every year I think about making homemade mincemeat but, every year time just seems to disappear and this is the 'recipe' which I use.

Category:  Baking  - 


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 1 jar of bought mincemeat - not a fancy one!
  • 2 granny smith apples (or 1 bramley)
  • a cupful of good quality chopped mixed fruits: a mixof cherries, almonds, apricot, dates, raisins, cranberries.......
  • slug of either brandy, rum, whiskey or cointreau

Cheats Mincemeat Directions

  1. 1. Tip the contents of the jar of mincemeat into a medium mixing bowl.  Peel and coarsely grate the apples, add to the mincemeat. Mix in the dried, chopped fruit.
  2. 3. Add a good slug of whichever liquor you decide to use and mix well. Cover and leave for a couple of hours then re-check its consistency. The fruit will have absorbed some of the liquor, so you may need to add a little more.
  3. 4. Re-pot in clean, sterile jars(*). You will probably have about double the quantity you began with.
  4. * to sterilise jars, wash the jars in soapy water then place in a preheated cool oven (130 degrees C) for 15-20 minutes