Christmas Fruit Mince

I remember as a kid, wondering what all the fuss was about when it came to Christmas Mince Pies. Yuk, they were the most horrible things I had ever tasted.

Well, luckily my tastes have matured and I now really enjoy fruit mince, especially when it is homemade. And it can be used in many different ways, not just as a filling for a short crust pastry shell.

Here is a recipe for Fruit Mince that I came across years ago and really love to serve in lots of different ways. You can make this months in advance and store in the fridge. The flavor is incredible.

1 medium apple (150g) peeled and grated, 1 cup (160g) sultanas , 1 cup (170g) chopped raisins, 1 cup (150g) currants,  1/2 cup (75g) chopped dried apricots, 1/2 cup (100g) chopped glace ginger, 3/4 cup (150g) firmly packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup (60ml) dark rum, 2 teaspoons mixed spice, 1/2 cup (125g) orange marmalade, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2/3 cup chopped pecans.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a large jar with a lid. Store in the fridge or a cool dark place, turning the jar every day for a least 10 days before using.

Makes approx 4 cups. Not suitable to freeze.

Stay tuned for some great ways to use this delicious fruit mince that the whole family will enjoy.


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