So, its a horrible, cold and wet day outside. What’s to do …
Make Christmas Mince of course!
Its really easy and miking it now means it’ll taste fab in time for Christmas.
The recipe is easy, and the best part is you can mix and match the ingredients to suite your own preferences. The basics:
250g Dried fruit (such as raisins, candid peel, glacé cherries … )
250g Fresh fruit, grated (such as apple, pear, quince … )
250g Sugar (Mascovado, demerara, etc … )
150g Nuts (chapped, whole, ground … I like ground almonds)
100g Shredded Suet
2tsp (or more) of your favourite Christmas spices (I like good old mixed spice, but some like more ginger, nutmeg, etc … )
And finally … A big slosh of booze. I had some aged spiced run left over from my birthday so used that. But use whatever you have or like.
* All amounts are rough. Feel free to change them up.
Simply add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. Cover with foil and place in a VERY low oven for 2-3 hours. After wards take out and mix, and keep mixing as it cools (only every half hour or so). This means the suet hardens evenly coating everything.
Stick the mixture quite firmly in sterilised jars and give another slosh of booze for good luck. Seal and store somewhere cool and dark till Christmas.
Because of the high alcohol and sugar content the mixture will ‘probably’ be ok come Christmas … But I’ve never eaten it raw just in case. I’ve always re-baked it in mince pies before eating. Just FYI.
So … What are peoples favourite mixtures of ingredients?