Last Minute Fig & Cranberry Mincemeat

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Last Minute Fig & Cranberry Mincemeat

Forgot the mince pies? This quick mincemeat is ready to use straight away. You can use it to bake a batch of homemade mince pies on Christmas Eve. Just in time for Santa.


  • 100g dried figs
  • 2 apples
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 200ml armagnac or cognac
  • 125g dried cranberries
  • 250g raisins
  • 250g sultanas
  • 250g raw cane sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 75ml sunflower oil
  • 75g flaked almonds (optional)

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 15 mins Makes approx 1.6kg

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1. Chop the dried figs into small pieces and tip them into a large pan. Peel the apples and coarsely grate them in. Finely grate in the zest from the oranges and lemons. Halve them and squeeze in the juice. Pour in half of the armagnac or cognac.
2. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and stir well. Place the pan on a medium heat then bring everything up to a bubble. Turn the heat to its lowest setting and clamp on a lid. Simmer gently for 15 mins, stirring once or twice. Turn off the heat then stir in the remaining armagnac or cognac.
3. You can use the mincemeat straight away to make mince pies or spoon the hot mincemeat into hot, sterilised jars, discarding the cinnamon stick, and seal the lids. Leave to cool then store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months, unopened, or 2 weeks in the fridge once opened.
4. How To Sterilise Jars Preheat your oven to 160°C/140°C/Gas 3. Wash your jars and lids in hot soapy water, but don't dry them. Pop them onto a baking tray and slide into your oven (apart from any rubber seals) for 10 mins. Remove from the oven, protecting your hands with oven gloves. The jars are now ready to be used.
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