Making your own festive mince pie filling is so easy and satisfying, you’ll never buy it again! This recipe for vegan mincemeat is not only quick and simple, but contains only fruit, a little spice and some brandy. Perfect!
Here’s why you should give making your own mincemeat a go.
- it’s juicy, spiced and full of festive flavour;
- it tastes wonderful with natural sweetness and a hit of warming brandy;
- you don’t need to add any sugar – the dried fruit is ample;
- you don’t need to add any preservatives either (thanks, brandy); and
- it makes the perfect addition to your holiday baking, or to someone else’s when you give it as an edible gift!
All you need to do to make this Christmas classic is mix the ingredients together and leave them in a jar to mature a little. It really is that simple!
I absolutely love the richness of this mincemeat, which retains the natural fruitiness of the ingredients, but doesn’t bowl you over with the sugary hit of a lot of shop-bought versions. Which means you can eat more mince pies than you usually would – hurrah!
Full of lovely berries and juicy apricots, this recipe is also perfect for lots of different baking projects. I’ve been making lots of mincemeat recipes already in the run-up to Christmas, including delicious Boozy Mince Pie Brownies and raw mince pie truffles. You can even turn an apple crumble festive by throwing in a couple of spoonfuls!
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do – I’d love to hear what you make with it!
- 180g dried berries (I used sour cherries and blueberries)
- 4 dried apricots
- ½ an apple
- Zest and ½ the juice of an organic/unwaxed orange
- ½ tsp mixed spice
- 3 tbsp (45ml) brandy
- Chop the apple and apricot into small pieces (about the same size as the dried berries) and place in a mixing bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir until combined.
- Store in a sterilised 500ml jar for at least three days before using. Turn/shake occasionally to mix the ingredients.
I've used dried berries because I like the flavour and they come without added oil, however this recipe will work just as well with sultanas etc.
If you love simple preserve recipes, take a look at this Cranberry Sauce, this No-Cook Spiced Autumn Chutney and this Pumpkin Seed & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto – perfect for canapés!