Seasons Greetings with my Delicious Mince Pie Filling…

12 Dec

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This week I have been making copious amounts of this fabulous mincemeat!  Why!?  I hear you ask.  Well… I work as a Nutritionist in the community teaching others in the world how to cook, create healthy delicious foods and I really want to inspire others at home to have a go – plus its the CHRISTMAS SEASON.

Baking is really not as complicated as people think and my belief is – its important to have a go.  As in all walk of life, you learn from your mistakes and believe me I have/have had many and will have many more.

So without further ado, here is my first blog about these gorgeous mince pies!

Making the Mincemeat

This really is THE most important part of the mince pie and if this is not absolutely delicious no one will like your mince pies.  (Getting straight to the point!)  I have manged to convert 6 mince pie haters in the last week with this simple recipe so here goes…

Ingredients

  • 20 pitted dates (the fresher the better – the hard ones need soaking overnight)
  • 250g golden sultanas / turkish sultanas – these are they key!
  • 250g currants – without stones
  • 100g raisins – without stones
  • 100g apricots – finely diced
  • 3 oranges – zest of 2 and juice of 3
  • 2 large cooking apples – peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Optional – you could try substituting the 100g raisins/sultanas for dried cranberries if you would like!  Be experimental!

Method

Follow the ingredients list above to ensure that all your ingredients are prepared as listed.  Then its simply a case of combining everything into a large pan.  This must be heated on the hob at a gentle simmer (do not allow to boil), with regular stirring; so that all the ingredients combine together and make a thick mincemeat.

If the mixture is not regularly stirred you will find that some of the mixture could stick to the pan and burn, so do not allow this to happen.

Benefits of making your own

  • Any extra can be stored and put into jars for Christmas presents
  • Everyone will be surprised/amazed that you made your own mincemeat
  • There is very little added sugar (its mostly just sugar from fruits)
  • There are no added preservatives – so you can be sure you are not eating anything that isn’t natural
  • Its is completely delicious and you will be able to convert mince pie haters to lovers which will make you feel fabulous!

I really hope you enjoy making this recipe.  I will soon be adding my pastry recipe, so that you can make the entire mince pie.  Let me know how you get along with this recipe and do send me your images, thoughts and any alterations/additions you make! ENJOY!

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2 Responses to “Seasons Greetings with my Delicious Mince Pie Filling…”

  1. Kate February 27, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    This sounds great and I will make a note to make it this Christmas. How long, roughly, did you cook it on the heat for?

    • gemsfoodgems February 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      Hi Kate! Thank you very much. It really does taste great to! I left it in the pan for about 20 minutes on a medium/low heat. You want the juice of the orange to reduce and the apples to break up… But you need to keep stirring it as the sugars will burn quite quickly! Hope this helps!

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