Homemade mince for mince pies

Making your own mince may seem like a bit of a job, however all it takes is mixing the ingredients and giving it a little bit of time. If you try it you’ll never go back to mince from a jar ever again!

Homemade mince for mince pies


  • 4 apples, finely chopped (no need to peel)
  • 50g slivered almonds
  • 4 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 120g vegetable suet
  • 200g raisins
  • 200g sultanas
  • 200g currants
  • 100g mixed candied peel
  • 350g dark brown sugar
  • 2 oranges, juice and zest
  • 2 lemons, juice and zest


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a cool place overnight to allow the flavours to mingle.
  2. Preheat the oven to 110C and cover the bowl loosely with foil.
  3. Place in the oven for 3 hours.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely, mixing every now and then to make sure the suet coats the ingredients evenly.
  5. Place in sterilised jars and keep up to 1 year or use for mince pies or Christmas buns.

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