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Mincemeat recipes

Cranberry-studded mincemeat

Cranberry-studded mincemeat

By Nigella Lawson

Homemade mincemeat is the perfect ingredient for all your Christmas baking and makes a lovely Christmas gift all by itself.

Mincemeat, the traditional filling for mince pies, is a spicy preserve comprising a mixture of dried fruit, apple, suet and candied fruit and spices steeped in rum or brandy. It has been part of British cookery for centuries and did originally contain meat, though now the only meat present is in the suet.

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There are some excellent ready-made versions available (including ones made with vegetarian suet) but nothing beats homemade, and it’s very simple to make.

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