Homemade Mincemeat / Mince Pie Filling

Submitted by Eco Home Projects

Waitrose mincemeat is great, but it's often a tad sweet; and when living in Asia, buying either mince pies or mincemeat can cost quite a bit. So we've tried making our own. This is a reduced sugar recipe and it makes about 1.5kg (about 5 standard Chivers jam jars) of mincemeat.


  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 80g brown sugar
  • 250ml orange juice
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 250g bramley apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 200g dried black currants
  • 200g Glazed cherries
  • 80g chopped almond
  • 100 Black raisins
  • 200g golden raisins
  • 200g mixed candied peel
  • 200g sultanas


  1. Cook the butter, brown sugar, orange juice and the spices together in a saucepan on low heat, stirring constantly, till the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth.
  2. Add in the chopped apple and cook until the apple is soft, then add in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Bring to the boil then continue to simmer until liquid is almost gone and the mixture is sticky.
  4. Leave to cool and spoon into sterilised jars. Can be kept for up to a month until it's required.

Versatility Note:

  1. You can change the dried fruit ingredients and the amount used as you like it.
  2. Other dried fruit such as cranberry and apricot can be used for this recipe too.
  3. You can also use white sugar if you like.
  4. If these are not served to children, you can also add about 150ml or brandy or whisky while it's still hot. This will also allow you to keep it for up to 6 months before use.

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