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35Total Time
20Prep Time
15Bake Time


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  • Egg Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free

About the bake

Christmas is the best time to get your apron on for some baking and some could argue that a homemade mince pie is unbeatable on flavour. This year instead of buying a jar of mincemeat you can make your own, bursting with rich flavours enhanced by the Billington's Unrefined Sugar to elevate your mince pies even further. This simple recipe makes plenty of mincemeat so you could even pot some up and gift to friends and family too.

35Total Time
20Prep Time
15Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Day in advance; prepare the mincemeat by combining together all of the ingredients, with the exception of the brandy in a large heatproof mixing bowl. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to mature overnight.

  2. Step 2:

    The following day preheat the oven to 110c (225f) and lightly cover the mixing bowl with tin foil before placing inside. Bake for 3 hours, then leave to one side to cool.

  3. Step 3:

    As it begins to cool, gently stir the mixture breaking up any fat on the surface and allowing it to coat the other ingredients.

  4. Step 4:

    Stir the mixture again once it is almost fully cooled and gradually pour in the brandy.

  5. Step 5:

    You can either pot the mincemeat into jars if you are looking to gift these or alternatively, store in a covered bowl until you are ready to use this for your mince pies.

  6. Step 6:

    Why not try our giant Mince Pie Tart recipe as an alternative to the traditional Mince Pies this year?


    • 225g Bramley apples (cored & chopped small, unpeeled)
    • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp Ground nutmeg
    • 1 1/2 tsp Mixed spice
    • 3 tbsp Brandy (or orange juice for non-alcoholic version)
    • 115g Sultanas
    • 115g Raisins
    • 115g Currants
    • 115g Shredded suet
    • 115g Whole candied peel (finely chopped)
    • 150g Billington's Unrefined Dark Muscovado Sugar
    • 2 Oranges (zest & juice)
    • 2 Lemons (zest & juice)


  • Large heatproof mixing bowl
  • Tin foil
  • Wooden spoon
  • Jam jars (optional)

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