Mince Pie Filling

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

1 tablespoon, Pumpkin Pie Spice
Juice, and zest of 2 Lemons and 4 Clementines

Place all your ingredients into your slow cooker (crockpot) and mix together.

Cook for 4 to 5 hours on high or 8-10 on low. (Your house will smell amazing!)
If you are going to eat your pie filling within a couple weeks, you can store it in the fridge in spare, clean jars you have lying around!
Or if you would like it to stay fresh for months:
Sterilise your jam jars. I find the easiest way to do this is in the dishwasher on the hottest setting, and then just letting them sit there until I’m ready for them.
(Make sure you use new lids!)
Once mince mixture is ready, remove jam jars and lids from the dishwasher one at a time, and fill them taking care not to touch the rim or inside of the jar or the lid. Wipe around the rim of the jar with a clean paper towel, and screw top on tightly.
Once you have filled all your jars. Set them aside untouched for 12 hours. By this time your jars should be properly sealed for you to save, and enjoy whenever you want or to give away to friends and family this festive season!
Happy holidays!

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