Easy Mincemeat Recipe

Most of my recipes are found on the internet, but this one is a scanned copy of a recipe my mum cut out of a magazine, probably sometime in the seventies. Its really simple to do and makes nice, sweet mincemeat full of apple tastes and not too sharp. I will say though it makes a LOT of mincemeat – mine turned into two dozen mince pies and a currant slice and I still have about a third of it left!


  • 1.5 lb of cooking apples
  • 2lb mixed fruit (like raisins and stuff)
  • 8 oz shredded suet (the veggie kind is low fat)
  • 10 oz soft brown sugar
  • grated rind and juice of one lemon
  • half a level teaspoon of mixed spice
  • 4 tbsp brandy


Peel, core and slice the apples. Cook gently without water, stirring to pulp them. Cool.

Add dried fruits to all other ingredients, then stir in apple. Mix well.

Put into rigid containers – then either keep for a few days and eat, or freeze immediately. It doesn’t keep long because of all the apple in the mixture. I froze mine and then made it into mince pies, then put it all back in the freezer. The instructions say to thaw overnight at room temperature but I found that an hour sitting in the kitchen while I cooked something else was enough to defrost it enough to be able to spoon it in as pie filling.

Let me know if you try this recipe and how it turns out for you by leaving a comment. Consumers of my mince pies may also comment :)

11 thoughts on “Easy Mincemeat Recipe

  1. I found this recipe when looking for a citrus free mincemeat for mince pies for a friend who has allergies. It’s very easy to adapt, I just add a little extra brandy instead of the lemon. As well as raisins and sultanas I used dried cherries, cranberries and blueberries (if trying to avoid citrus please check the details on packets of dried fruits as some of these are sweetened with other fruit juices). It freezes very well too – just thawed the remains of last year’s batch and made a roly poly from it. Thanks very much indeed! Now off to make a fresh lot!

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