Looking for the BEST homemade vegan mincemeat recipe ever? Look no further! My mincemeat delivers all the cosy flavours and delights of Christmas!
Time to get festive
So I know it’s really early for some to be thinking of Christmas, but I actually find myself making my homemade mincemeat as early as September. This allows all those delicious flavours (not to mention the alcohol!) to infuse and create just the most amazing mincemeat in time for Christmas.
Unlike when making a traditional Christmas cake, I don’t ‘feed’ my mincemeat. I just make it in advance, then seal it in my jars and leave it to mature for a couple of months before cracking (not literally!) it open and indulging in the beautiful festive delights that mincemeat can be used in! The most obvious one is mince pies, but I’ve used them in cupcakes and even full-sized mince pie tarts too. Yum!
How to make my homemade vegan mincemeat
Making this homemade mincemeat couldn’t be easier. Simply core and chop up your apples into small chunks (I leave the skin on), then mix in a large ovenproof dish with the nuts, dried fruit, mixed peel, fresh fruit, veggie suet, sugar and spices and pop in your oven for an hour or so. I stir mine a couple of times during baking to ensure an even mix of all the spices, sugar and fat as it melts and cooks. Then leave aside to cool to a warm temperature before adding in your alcohol and stir through. Once mixed in, decant into your jars, seal tightly shut and you’re done!
A little word of warning though: this stuff is incredible and smells EXACTLY like Christmas. The aromas of this will spread through your whole home whilst in the oven! I mean, being a big kid at heart, I don’t mind this fact at all, but if you share your home with someone who insists on keeping Christmas only for December… well, you might want to add in an extra shot of tipple just to appease them! 😘
Happy Christmas prep, my friends! Enjoy! 😊