Mince Pies! One of my all-time favourite British holiday treats! Fruity, spicy, rich, and encased in beautiful buttery pastry, what could be better!
So naturally the best DIY gift for this Christmas is definitely a jar of homemade mince pie filling! (I can’t bring myself to call it mincemeat…to me…that still means beef.)
ANYWAY, there is definitely no beef whatsoever in my version as I use vegetable suet which makes it suitable for your vegan, and vegetarian friends as well! Everyone likes a mince pie, and this filling it super easy to make too.
350 grams or 2 1/2 cups, Raisins
230 grams or 1 1/2 cups, Golden Raisins/ Sultanas
230 grams or 1 1/2 cups, Mixed Citrus Peel
230 grams or 1 1/2 cups, Dried Cranberries
230 grams or 1 1/2 cups, Currants
2 Bramley or Granny Smith Apples (finely diced)
200 grams or 1 cup, Vegetable Suet or Vegetable Shortening
350 grams or 1 3/4 cups, Light Brown Sugar
6 tablespoons, Brandy
Juice, and zest of 2 Lemons and 4 Clementines
Place all your ingredients into your slow cooker (crockpot) and mix together.