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Christmas Fruit Mince 圣诞甜果馅

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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 from stores, but homemade mincemeat is really something else. Once you make it yourself, you’ll never want to have store bought mincemeat anymore. Enjoy!

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Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe 圣诞甜果馅

Christmas Baking 101: Make Your Own Homemade Christmas Fruit Mince (Mincemeat)

It’s December and that makes right now officially Christmas! So let’s get started early on our Christmas baking. First, let’s start by preparing this traditional homemade Christmas Fruit Mince, also known as homemade vegetarian mincemeat. Homemade Christmas mincemeat is certainly the perfect ingredient for all Christmas baking. Also, it makes such a lovely gift even by itself.

You can actually buy some very good mincemeat from the stores. However, when it is homemade, it really is something else. So, once you make it yourself, you’ll never want to have store bought mincemeat anymore.

Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe 圣诞甜果馅

What is Homemade Christmas Fruit Mince (Mincemeat)?

Homemade Christmas Fruit Mince is made using a variety of fresh, dried and candied fruits. Then, these fruits are simmered over low heat in a flavourful mixture of butter, fruit juice, brown sugar, rum, lemon, orange zest and ground spices. This simmering process allows all the fruits to absorb the liquid and become soft and juicy.

For those who are avoiding liquor, you can substitute rum with rum extract, or with pineapple juice flavoured with almond extract. Rum is used simply for flavour. This homemade Christmas mincemeat is really ideal, as you can use this on the very next day after it’s made. So, it’s perfect for last minute Christmas baking too.

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Homemade Vegetarian Mincemeat – A Vegetarian Friendly Christmas Mincemeat

What is so special about this version of Vegetarian Christmas mincemeat is this: it has all the flavours of a traditional fruit mince, but no meat is used for this recipe. This version of fruit mince using butter is so rich in taste. Trust me, even non-vegetarians will also love it.

This flavoured fruit mince only gets better the longer it is kept. You can refrigerate this homemade Christmas mincemeat in an airtight container for up to a month. This fruit mince is a Christmas staple and makes the perfect addition to all our holiday baking. As always, ENJOY!

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Christmas Fruit Mince (Christmas Mincemeat) 圣诞甜果馅

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
This 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 mincemeat can also be used the very next day after it's made, or refrigerated for later use. Perfect for last minute christmas baking!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins

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Servings: 1 kg

Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup butter, 56g, room temperature
  • cup brown sugar, 140g
  • 1 cup apple juice, 240 ml, unsweetened
  • 2 Apples, large, peeled, cored and grated
  • 1 orange, for juice and zest
  • 1 lemon, for juice and zest
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup dark raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup dried currants
  • ½ cup candied mixed peel
  • ½ cup candied red cherries
  • ½ cup candied mixed fruits
  • cup rum, light or dark

Spices:

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt

    Instructions
     

    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - dried candied fruits
      First, gather and measure all the dried and candied fruits needed to make mincemeat.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - other ingredients
      Then, have ready all other ingredients needed.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - seasonings
      Also, measure all the seasonings required to cook the mincemeat.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - core apples
      Peel and core 2 large apples. Granny Smith and Honeycrisp are some of the choices.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - grate apples
      Using a box grater, grate the apples and set aside.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - zest orange lemon
      Using a microplane, zest one orange and lemon. Rub the fruits in one direction against the little blades, turning the fruits as you zest to ensure only the skin is removed.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - squeeze orange lemon
      Then squeeze the orange and lemon juice from the zested fruits using a juicer and set aside. And we're ready to cook the mincemeat.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - add seasonings
      In a large covered pot, add in butter, brown sugar, unsweetened apple juice and seasonings.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - add apples
      Then, add in the grated apples.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - add juices
      Followed by the orange and lemon zest and juices.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - add candied fruits
      Next, add in all the dried and candied fruits.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - add rum
      Lastly, add in the dark/light rum. For those not in favour of liquor, substitute with pineapple juice flavoured with almond extract instead.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - stir
      On medium high heat, stir everything together.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - boil mixture
      Bring the fruit mincemeat mixture up to a boil and make sure the butter has melted.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - simmer mixture
      Cover, lower heat and let it simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed into the fruits and the alcohol evaporated, about 30 minutes. Be sure to stir the mixture occasionally.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - complete
      And we’re done!
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - cool
      Transfer the fruit mincemeat to cool in a large bowl.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - add more rum
      Then, add another 2 tablespoons rum/fruit juice into the fruit mincemeat before storing. This is to give it extra flavour.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - keep refrigerated
      Once cooled, the fruit mince can be kept in a covered container and refrigerated until needed.
    • Christmas Fruit Mince Recipe - enjoy
      This well stewed fruit mincemeat is so good and it only gets better with age. As always, ENJOY!

Enjoy!

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Notes

  • The alcohol in the rum helps to preserve the mincemeat.
  • For those avoiding liquor, use pineapple juice flavoured with almond extract (to replace light rum) or molasses thinned with pineapple juice and flavoured with almond extract (to replace dark rum).
  • This fruit mince can be used the next day or stored refrigerated for up to a month.
  • If kept refrigerated, occasionally add in some more rum or fruit juice to moisten the fruit mince (also further enhances the flavour).
  • This recipe yields about 1kg of Christmas Fruit Mince. You can adjust the recipe accordingly for a bigger or smaller batch.

NUTRITION

Calories: 3278kcal · Carbohydrates: 683g · Protein: 48g · Fat: 57g · Saturated Fat: 13g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g · Monounsaturated Fat: 26g · Cholesterol: 98mg · Sodium: 1442mg · Potassium: 3650mg · Fiber: 40g · Sugar: 507g · Vitamin A: 2709IU · Vitamin C: 159mg · Calcium: 604mg · Iron: 15mg
Course: Baking, Condiment
Cuisine: Baking
Keyword: Christmas

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