I first made my own Christmas mincemeat 2 years ago and I have not looked back. It is so easy to make and SO much better than anything you can buy in the supermarket.
I can’t take too much credit for this recipe as it is a really great Delia Smith recipe which I have tweaked (there original can be found here) but it is just so delicious.
450g Bramley Apples
225g shredded suet (I use the vegetarian one)
1kg dried fruit (whatever you like from sultanas, raisins, currants, dried cherries, cranberries etc)
350g soft brown sugar
4tsp ground mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly in a large bowl (or to save washing up, a large saucepan/ovenproof dish and cover with clingfilm and leave somewhere cool overnight.
Preheat the oven to gas mark 1/4 or 110 degrees.
Cover the saucepan/ovenproof dish loosely with foil and place in the oven for 3 hours (your house will smell amazing!). The aim of placing in the oven is to melt the fat (the suet) and coat all of the ingredients.
After the 3 hours are up, remove from the oven and give it a quick stir (it doesn’t look great at this stage). As it cools give a stir every now and then to make sure the fat is evenly distributed.
When it is cold, you can store it in jars or in a large container that can be tightly closed (like a tuppaware container with clips) and it can be stored for months!
I have heard so much about the Brownies’ fairer sibling that I decided to give it a whirl today to see what all the fuss was about! A blondie is simply a brownie without the chocolate and the bonus is their flexibility to be also be gluten-free.
8oz soft brown sugar
4oz melted butter
1tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
4oz plain flour
6oz dried cherries
Pre-heat the oven to 170/160 fan. Grease an 7inch x 7inch pan.
Whisk together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, followed by the vanilla. Sift together the flour and salt and fold in. Then stir through the cherries.
Add to the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin.
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