Mincemeat is a classic Christmas pie filling that is made with a variety of fruits, spices, and, as the name suggests, minced meat. It is a delicious blend of sweet and savory flavors that perfectly captures the holiday spirit.

**Additional Information:**
– Category: Dessert
– Cuisine: British
– Servings: 12
– Preparation Time: 30 minutes
– Cooking Time: 3 hours

**Nutrition:**
– Calories: 358 kcal
– Carbohydrates: 64 g
– Protein: 6 g
– Fat: 9 g
– Saturated Fat: 3 g
– Cholesterol: 6 mg
– Sodium: 149 mg
– Potassium: 327 mg
– Fiber: 3 g
– Sugar: 41 g
– Vitamin A: 102 IU
– Vitamin C: 3 mg
– Calcium: 44 mg
– Iron: 2 mg

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped suet
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until well combined.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a large saucepan and place it over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook it, stirring occasionally, for 3 hours, or until the mixture is thick and the fruit is soft.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mincemeat cool to room temperature.
  4. Transfer the cooled mincemeat to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use. The mincemeat will keep for up to 1 month.
  5. Use the mincemeat to fill pies, tarts, or as a filling for thumbprint cookies.

Additional Notes:
– You can use vegetable suet instead of beef suet to make this recipe vegetarian-friendly.
– If you don’t want to use brandy, you can use apple or orange juice instead.

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