Easy no-suet mincemeat

As I’m still suffering, following a bout of winter ailments that have hit our household, I have just barked the instructions for my mincemeat recipe at my husband and he has done it for me. He is the mince pie king after all, being a dab hand with many types of pastry. Christmas Eve is always a flurry of pastry-making in this house when he does flaky pastry for sausage rolls and shortcrust for the mince pies.

This recipe can be used straight away, once cooled, although I prefer to store it in sterilised jars in the fridge for a few days at least to be used between now and Christmas Eve. It will freeze well too – just remove from the freezer the day before you need it and allow it to defrost overnight.


75 ml ruby port
75 g soft dark brown sugar
300 g raisins & sultanas (I like the vine fruits mix from Waitrose)
1 1/2 tsps mixed spice
40 g dried cranberries
1 satsuma, zest finely grated & juice squeezed
30 ml brandy
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 dessert spoon of golden syrup

Pour the port and sugar into a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Then add the dried fruits, spices and the zest and juice of the satsuma. Simmer gently for 20 minutes or until the port is soaked up by the fruit. Remove from the heat and add the brandy, vanilla extract and golden syrup. Give it all a good stir and pour into sterilised jars. Store in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

And to drink with mince pies? Mulled wine is probably best but, on Christmas Eve, when friends call in during the early evening, it’ll probably be a glass of Champagne – not a great match but sometimes it just doesn’t matter!

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2 Responses to Easy no-suet mincemeat

  1. shayma says:

    i love this recipe. addition of ruby port? gorgesou. and i would also like to have a glass of champers to go with this lovely pie. i am so sorry you are feeling poorly, hope you get well very soon.

  2. Hi Shayma – thanks for commenting and for the good wishes. Glad you like the mince pie recipe. Have been very lax and not kept up with my December promise to blog regularly but am finally feeling properly recovered now. We have four jars of mincemeat and I'm planning to put one jar into some good quality ice cream to make a lightish and easy Christmas 'anytime' dessert. I reckon some chilled PX sherry would be a great accompaniment.

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