Easy Christmas Mincemeat…

If you live in the UK and watch the X- Factor you would have seen all the Christmas adverts in full swing last night?

We love Christmas baking especially mince pies but have never got around to making our own mincemeat.

This recipe from Whitworths, looks top quality, tasty and easy to make,, going to give this a go near to Christmas, anyone else fancy trying?

If mince pies are a family favourite, this year why not create your own mincemeat filling.

Easy to pre-prepare, freeze, then defrost when needed this mincemeat recipe uses either Whitworths’ Mixed Fruit, or a combination of Whitworths Sultanas, Raisins and Currants, to create a rich, flavoursome finished product, without the addition of preservatives.


  • 1kg Whitworths Mixed fruit


  • 300g Whitworths Sultanas
  • 300g Whitworths Raisins
  • 100g Whitworths Currants
  • 200g Mixed Peel
  • 450g Chunky Apple Sauce
  • 75g Whitworths Chopped Almonds
  • 450g Soft Brown Sugar
  • 100g Shredded Suet
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, grated zest & juice
  • 1 orange, grated zest
  • 100ml of rum or brandy (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a large mixing bowl.

Then either:

  1. Use homemade or shop bought short crust pastry to create delicious mince pies. 
  2. Tip: use a festive shaped pastry cutter, such as a snowflake, to add interest.
  3. Place in sterilised jars and decorate with a ribbon and tag as a gift for a friend or family member, so they can make their own mince pies.
  4. Separate into 200g batches and freeze in freezer containers or sealable bags.
  5. The mincemeat will keep frozen for up to 4 months.
  6. When required, thaw overnight before use.

Recipe and photo credit by – Whitworths

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  1. Judy Haughton-James
    10th November 2013 / 7:57 pm

    The days are certainly moving along quickly Claire! Before we know it Christmas will be here. These certainly look delicious!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10th November 2013 / 10:11 pm

      So ture Judy, oh wow how quickly has this year gone …

  2. Winnie
    10th November 2013 / 8:52 pm

    These are FANTASTIC photo !!I have to say that this is kind of new to me and I've never tasted it

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10th November 2013 / 10:12 pm

      We love mince pies here Winnie, I have eaten them at Christmas from being very little 🙂

  3. amy mayen
    10th November 2013 / 8:53 pm

    I feel so silly. I thought mince meat pie had some sort of meat in it. Sort of like a chicken pot pipe! This recipe looks so good! I'm glad I now know what all the fuss is about!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10th November 2013 / 10:13 pm

      Ha I know what you mean Amy, these ones are meat free 🙂

  4. Erika
    10th November 2013 / 9:59 pm

    It's a very old traditional food in England, where I live, and yes it used to have meat in the original recipe but during the war the meat was hard to find so it turned in to a fruity Christmas mince pie. 🙂

    • Clairejustine oxox
      10th November 2013 / 10:14 pm

      Thanks Erika 🙂

  5. Dee @ A Lapin Life
    11th November 2013 / 1:57 am

    Your Christmas treats look yummy.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      11th November 2013 / 6:50 am

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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