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Traditional Brandy Mincemeat


Recipe Name:  Traditional brandy mincemeat recipe with instructions for Aga range cookers

By: Antonia

Meal Type: Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4 medium jars


Homemade mincemeat is truly delicious and easy to make too. Play around with different dried fruits – figs, cranberries, apricots and dates are all good additions! You can use either beef or vegetarian suet for this recipe.

You'll need...


  • 200g/7oz sultanas
  • 200g/7oz raisins
  • 200g/7oz currants
  • 75g/2.5oz prunes
  • 1 large Bramley apple (approx.. 450g)
  • 75g/2.5oz mixed peel
  • 1 tsp. mixed spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 200g/7oz dark muscovado sugar
  • 150g/5oz suet
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 75g/2.5oz flaked almonds (optional)
  • 100 ml. brandy
  • Method:

    1. Clean the sultanas, raisins and currants by rubbing in a clean tea-towel to dislodge small pieces of stalk and grit. Chop the prunes and mince the mixed peel. Peel and finely dice or grate the apple. Chop the almonds, if using.

    2. Place all the fruit in a large, ovenproof pan (with a lid), along with the spices, sugar, suet and lemon zest and juice. Heat on the boiling plate until bubbling, cover with a lid and transfer to the floor of the simmering oven for 45 minutes.

    3. Remove lid and stir – the suet will have melted and the mincemeat should be thick and sticky. Leave to cool completely - the suet will solidify and coat the fruit. Stir in the brandy and pot into sterilised jars. Store in a cool, dark place for at least 2 weeks before using.

    Aga range cooker tips:

    • To sterilise jars, wash in hot soapy water, rinse and place in a roasting tin in the simmering oven for 20 minutes to dry. Remove from the oven when you are ready to use.

    This fun family recipe has been scribed and tested by community member Antonia, who is a hard working mum with two boys. Her recipes are trialed in her much loved Aga range cooker and devoured by her family, allowing Antonia to provide accurate tips and advice on how to make the dishes a success! Go check her work out! She is a country girl, happily surrounded by an excitable Lab, her dear husband, two boys and the Cotswolds. 

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