Alright, my Christmas elves, time to get your little pinnies on – Christmas is a-coming! And making your own mincemeat is ridiculously easy. Even if you’ve never made it before. I mean literally one-step, stir-things-in-a-big-bowl easy.
This version is very fruity, pretty boozy and everyone can enjoy it (it’s gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. Although if you are catering to anyone with a nut allergy, you might want to hold off on the walnuts…)!
Sweet dates, tart apples and crunchy walnuts are a classic combo that work in this sticky sweet treat beautifully. Fantastic in mince pies (see my recipe here) or for a thoughtful (and no-hassle) edible gift.
So what are you waiting for? Pinnies on!
“Make-me-quick” date, apple & walnut mincemeat
Makes just shy of 1kg (about 3 jam jars)
- 100g raisins
- 100g sultanas
- 200g dates
- 70g walnuts, chopped into pieces
- juice and zest 1 lemon
- 1 cooking apple, cored and finely chopped
- 100g soft dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 100g veggie gluten-free* suet
- 150ml brandy
*I made a gluten-free version but feel free to use normal suet if you like.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. That’s it!