Try mincemeat slices and share your recipes
Well Mrs Patmore would be proud of me – even dewy eyed – as I get the mincemeat mix ready now to enjoy later. I may not have the residents of Downton to feed although it sometimes seems like it.
I chose the simplest of Beryl’s six mincemeat recipes just substituting vegetarian suet so that it can be enjoyed by all the family and is equally acceptable if I decide to give some away as a gift.
It makes about 3. 5Kilo (8lb) of mincemeat and I aim to allow it to mature for at least two weeks – even if my aunt suggests two months! and it can store for months.
Beryl also has a recipe for immediate use.
910g (2lb) apples, peeled, cored and chopped, 450g (1lb) vegetarian or meat suet, 910g (2lb) dark brown sugar, 450g (1lb) each of raisins, sultanas and currants, 225g (1/2 lb) finely chopped candied peel, 113g (1/4lb) balanced chopped almonds, 28g (1oz ) mixed spice, brandy to moisten.
Chop all ingredients, mix well and pack into large sterilized jars .
There are plenty of other uses for mincemeat in addition to regular mince pies
If you have other ideas please add them in the comments box to share with others
Large or small open mincemeat open of lattice topped flans.
Add a layer to apple when knocking up an apple strudel
Use in filo pastry layers to make individual parcels
Possibly best of all are mincemeat slices
Base – 225g (1/2lb) shortcrust pastry
Filling -450g (1 lb) mincemeat
For the topping – 113g (1/4lb) margarine, 113g (1/4lb) rolled oats,225g (1/2lb) flour, 84g (3oz) soft brown sugar.
To make the topping melt the margarine in a pan and stir in the sugar to dissolve. Remove from heat and mix in the flour and and oats.
Roll out pastry and finely line a 8inch square or equivalent sized baking tin and blind bake for 15 mins (reg 5) Allow to cool.
Spread the mincemeat over the top and follow with the topping mix , pressing it down with the back of a spoon. Put it back in the oven to cook for 20-25 mins (reg 6)
Remove from oven and allow to cool and then cut into sixteen squares. Wait until they are absolutely cold before removing them from the baking tin.
The family say they are rather like the slices they sell in Pret a Manger.
Pippa 1 Pret 1
But they say better mine are better because they have more mincemeat and the Pret version topping has too much sugar
Pippa 2 Pret 1
And of course mine is homemade.
Pippa 3 Pret 1