What is Mincemeat?

Mincemeat was originally made from 13 ingredients symbolic to the Christmas story, to represent Jesus and his disciples. As well as the spices which were originally cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg (to represent the Three Wise Men), lamb or mutton to represent the shepherds and dried fruit such as raisins or figs. 

It wasn't until the early 20th century that mince pies represented what we know and love today, and only had a completely sweet filling without meat!

 

Ingredients

Mincemeat is traditionally used in mince pies and it contains the following ingredients: 

  • Vine Fruit: raisins, sultanas, currants cranberries, mixed citrus peel (orange, lemon etc)
  • Fat: suet or rapeseed oil
  • Mixed Spice: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice space, cloves, ginger
  • Bramley apple puree
  • Sugar, glucose, honey or agave
  • Alcohol 

Mincemeat needs 10 days for the dried fruits to plump but it takes 2 to 3 months for the flavours to completely infuse together so get your orders in early!

Flavour Combinations

Mincemeat works well in a variety of applications such as mince pies, brownies, swirled through ice cream or even in a pie. We can create exciting flavour combinations including the traditional, or innovative flavours which complement the taste of mixed spice. 

Traditional innovation is the combination of one fruit and one alcohol for example raspberry and gin, cherry and kirsch or clementine and amaretto. 

Innovative

Exotic innovations can contain combinations such as pineapple, coconut and rum, citrus and cardamom or orange, cointreau and fig. 

Classic flavour combinations such as Bramley apple or Black Forest (cherry, rum and chocolate). 

Blue Sky aspirational flavour combinations such as chocolate, orange zest and coffee liqueur or dark flavours such as spiced rum, brown butter and black pepper allow for exciting new tastes.  

 

https://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Mince-Pies/