Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Ah, the sweet smell of Christmas


You’ll be happy to know that I did indeed put my money where my mouth is…..and made my own mincemeat 😊

As I mentioned in my last post, I do like to tinker with traditional recipes by adding more of my favourite ingredients. That’s the great thing about Christmas Cake and mincemeat. You can just add up the total weight of dried fruit in the recipe, and adapt it to suit your own taste. Well that’s what I do anyway!

So for my mincemeat, I used Whitworths mixed fruit as the base, then added cranberries, apricots, (I couldn’t find chopped ones in my supermarket so got the snack pack and snipped them with scissors!) a few cherries, some chopped apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon and orange zest and juice, a handful of suet, and orange liqueur. I left out the almonds as I’m taking some to the Christmas fair…..and well, allergies and all that. There’s no cooking involved, you just mix everything up, add your alcohol (if using) then sterilise your jars and lids and off you go! But I wish you could have inhaled the aroma, I think I’m addicted to cinnamon……someone find me a support group before I start adding it to everything!

If you want Whitworths original recipe, here it is:

  • 300g Whitworths Sunshine Sultanas
  • 300g Whitworths Juice Locked Raisins
  • 100g Whitworths Zante Mini Currants
  • 75g Whitworths Chopped Almonds
  • 200g mixed peel
  • 450g chunky apple sauce (I used eating apples, diced and softened in the microwave)
  • 100g shredded suet
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, grated zest and juice
  • 1 orange, grated zest
  • 200ml your favourite tipple

Here’s a couple of pics to get you in the mince pie mood. More of my homemade haul when I’ve finished labelling all my jars!

See you next time

Until then, stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❤

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