It’s December and that makes right now officially Christmas! So let’s get started early on our Christmas baking with first preparing this traditional homemade Christmas Fruit Mince or homemade vegetarian mincemeat. Homemade Christmas Fruit Mince is the perfect ingredient for all Christmas baking and makes such a lovely gift even by itself. You can actually buy some very good mincemeat but when it is homemade it really is something else and once you make it yourself, you’ll never want to have store bought mincemeat anymore.
Homemade Christmas Fruit Mince is made using a variety of fresh, dried and candied fruits, simmered over low heat in a flavourful mixture of butter, fruit juice, brown sugar,rum, lemon and orange zest and ground spices. This allows all the fruits to absorb the liquid and become soft and juicy. For those who are avoiding liquor, you can substitute rum with pineapple juice flavoured with almond extract. Rum is used simply for flavour. This homemade Christmas Fruit Mince is very ideal as it can be used the very next day after it’s made. So its perfect for last minute baking.
What’s so special about this version of fruit mincemeat is that the flavours of fruit mince remain the same, and can be realised using the vegetarian way (meatless means). This version of fruit mince using butter is so rich in taste even non-vegetarians will also love it. This flavoured fruit mince only gets better the longer its kept and it can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a month. A staple of Christmas, this fruit mince makes the perfect addition to all our holiday baking. As always, ENJOY!