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    Traditional British Boozy Mincemeat - Fat Free

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    French Tart's Note:

    An adaptation from an old family "Traditional Mincemeat" recipe which was passed down through my Mum's side of the family. This one however is FAT FREE - NO suet or butter and it still KEEPS for up to a year or two; I currently have a jar from 3 years ago which has aged and matured beautifully! I have called it traditional mincemeat as it has all the traditional ingredients apart from the fat and it is VERY EASY to make. I am posting this in early September so it can be made now and allowed to mature ready for Christmas MINCE PIES. Where I have stated rum or brandy, please use any strong liquor that you may have available; it's just that brandy or rum work very nicely with the ingredients. Make some pretty labels, add a paper or fabric lid cover with a ribbon and then hang a pie, scone or cookie cutter from the neck - and voila, a thoughtful home-made gift! N.B. It's the alcohol that keeps this mincemeat, so if you want a non-alcoholic version, I have a traditional suet mincemeat recipe posted, which does not need much if any alcohol - Traditional British Mincemeat for Christmas Mince Pies!.

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    1. 1
      Put the cider and sugar into a large saucepan & heat GENTLY until the sugar has completely dissolved.
    2. 2
      Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the brandy or rum and slowly bring to the boil - stirring ALL the time!
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      (Please note it is not necessary to peel the apples - just core and chop them up finely.).
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      Lower the heat and partially cover the saucepan and simmer gently for 30 to 45 minutes.
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      Remove from the heat and leave it to become completely cold.
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      Stir in the brandy or rum and then spoon into cold, sterilised jars, making sure that the mincemeat is packed down firmly with NO space or air bubbles.
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      Cover with waxed discs and TIGHT fitting lids.
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      N.B. Kilner jars can be used too - make sure that the rubber seals are new & not perished!
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      GIFT IDEAS:.
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      Design and hand write some labels - or use a Christmas template!
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      Make some paper or pretty material lid caps/covers. Secure with an elastic band & add a ribbon or raffia.
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      Hang a gift label and a scone, cookie or pie cutter from the ribbon - the same size as your mince pie tin shapes and you have a great home-made gift for someone!
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      I sometimes add a recipe card too, mince pies OR a mincemeat cake & mincemeat oat slices - look out for them as they are also posted on RecipeZaar too!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 22, 2009

      Wonderful recipe; love the flavors. The recipe is large, so if you are not a canner, the extra can be kept up to a year in the freezer as well.

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    • on November 18, 2013


      Perfect! No suet, just the way we like it!

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    • on December 21, 2011


      I made this yesterday, I know a bit late for this Xmas, but still sooo much better than most jar varieties. I made exactly as stated, but was a bit short on the amount of dried fruit required. So added some dried cranberries and dried figlets to the food pro. and added them. The recipe is so forgiving, I think you could add anything you like, and it will always turn out wonderfully. I used Brandy. The spice level is perfect. Great recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional British Boozy Mincemeat - Fat Free

    Serving Size: 1 (2609 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1143.5
    Calories from Fat 115
    Total Fat 12.7 g
    Saturated Fat 1.3 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 156.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 257.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 17.3 g
    Sugars 209.4 g
    Protein 11.5 g

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