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    Default My favourite mincemeat recipe

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    This is my favourite mincemeat recipe which I have done for several years now.

    3/4 pint med cider
    1lb soft dark brown sugar
    4lbs cooking apples peeled cored and chopped small
    1 teaspoon mixed spice
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    pince of cloves if you like
    2lb dried fruit..i use a mix of raisins, sultanas and a few currants or sometimes dried apricots.
    [The actual recipe states 1lb each of raisins and currants. ]
    4oz glace cherries chopped
    40z almonds finely chopped
    grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
    1/4 pint rum or brandy


    Put cider and sugar into a large saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the rest of ingredients except brandy/rum. Bring slowly to the boil stirring all the time. Lower heat, partially cover pan and simmer for 30 mins. Remove from the heat and leave to become completly cold. Stir in the brandy/rum and spoon into cold, sterilised jars making sure there are no air bubbles. Cover with waxed discs and tight fitting lids.

    I make this end of october and keep till christmas.

    The dried fruit combination is really up to you just so long as in total it weighs 2lb.

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    Thanks for that Shirley - that sounds really tasty - I don't like the shop bought ones with the bits of white suet in.

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    I still have some left from the batch I made last year! But will probably still make some more this year - I like to get in to the spirit of things!

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    I bought my first Christmas pud and a tub of brandy cream yesterday - definitely won't last Christmas Day

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    I'm sorry... Bought????
    (Only kidding)

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    I have to agree Waffler.

    Mrs Grief will be tied to the work tops soon (old habits ) & whilst there will be making her scummy puds & cake.
    ntg
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    Thought that the point of wax discs was that you put them on hot jam (or whatever) melted the wax to form a seal. How do they work if the mincemeat is already cold? Do you need to keep it in the fridge so that it doesn't go off? Sounds lovely but don't want to find it's gone mouldy when I make mince pies for the in-laws in Christmas Eve!

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    I put cellophane over mine and put in enough alcohol to keep the mould at bay. I've opened jars a year later (and will be doing again this year, it seems) and they've been fine - although sometimes seem a little dry: more alcohol!!

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