Today is National Mincemeat day and an opportune moment to get that mincemeat made…This year I have decided to make a cake as well something I haven’t done so for a number of years or since I have been here or at least not a proper fruit Christmas cake …I just have a hankering for a rich fruit cake topped with marzipan and icing…proper icing not fondant icing …One like my mum used to make…
Christmas pudding, cake or a jar of mincemeat make lovely presents especially for someone on their own… a beautiful pudding or cake for one would be so gratefully received as hand made gifts of food always are and so personal and thoughtful…Don’t you think?
Dating back to 15th century Britain mincemeat pies did contain meat and fruit but I suppose that is not so different from today as I incorporate meat and fruit in recipes…
The meat was soon exchanged for beef suet and although I still use suet I use vegetable suet…
Making mincemeat and cakes is always a family affair at my house…I helped my mum, my kids helped me…a stir and a wish…It is now the turn of the grand kiddies…
Sweet Mincemeat…Nothing better and so easy to make you will wonder why you ever bought a jar from the supermarket shelves and will be rewarded with such a superior taste and richness that will take your pies to a new level……Your taste buds will sing!
- 36oz of dried fruit…..I used raisins, sultanas, chopped prunes and some dried cranberries.
- 12oz brown sugar.
- Zest and juice of 2 oranges and 2 lemons.
- 2oz chopped almonds or nut of your choice.
- 1lb Apples peeled and chopped.
- 8oz vegetable suet.
- 4tsp mixed spice.
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4tsp fresh nutmeg grated.
- 6 tbsp Brandy.
Mix all ingredients except for Brandy, cover and leave overnight for the fruit to plump up and absorb flavours.
Cook on very low heat for 30 mins.
Cool and stir in Brandy.
Spoon into sterilized jars, cover tightly. Store in a cool dark place.
To share your mincemeat pictures then add #NationalMincemeatDay
About Carol Taylor:
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and well being.
The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…
Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a relaxing weekend xx
But before you go just a little reminder…Stir-up Sunday…
Christmas Pudding is one of the mainstays of British Christmas traditions …it just would not be Christmas without the pudding! Now I know that and even here I have always made my Christmas pudding and there have been a few converts to this traditional Christmas fare…My Thai friends love it!
Stir-up Sunday is a centuries-old tradition where cooks spend the last Sunday before Advent ‘stirring up’ the Christmas pudding. Dating back to Victorian times, the whole family took a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, making a wish.
This year it is on 24th November when I will share my Christmas pudding recipes with you…xxx
Enjoy your weekend xx