Homemade Christmas Mincemeat

30 minutes


  • 1 cooking apple
  • 200g of sultanas
  • 200g of raisins
  • 200g of currants
  • 100g of mixed peel
  • 200g of shredded vegetable suet
  • 250g of soft brown sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 nutmeg, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 5 tbsp of brandy, (or more if you like!)


Grate the cooking apple and place in a pan with the rest of the ingredients
Mix well and heat gently to melt the suet, cook for about 10 minutes until the mixture is sticky and shiny
Take of the heat and leave to cool before adding the brandy and dividing between sterilised kilner jars. The flavour will develop as it matures, so get cooking well in advance of Christmas!