Instant cranberry and brandy mincemeat recipe

This last minute mincemeat can be thrown together for some homemade mince pies, or for an impromptu gift

Makes 2 x 440g jars


  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 170ml spiced brandy
  • 300g fresh cranberries
  • 170g dried cherries or blueberries (or a mixture)
  • 200g mixed currants and raisins
  • 30g fresh ginger, peeled and very finely grated
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • Juice and zest of 2 medium oranges
  • 1 vanilla pod, cut into 4 pieces


  1. Put the sugar and brandy into a large pan and warm gently. Add the fresh cranberries and cook gently for about 3 minutes. Stir well.

  2. Tip in the dried fruit, ginger, mixed spice, orange juice and zest and vanilla and stir well. Cover and simmer very gently for about 15 minutes, stirring and checking occasionally.

  3. Spoon into clean jars and store in the fridge. This keeps happily for up to 2 weeks.


Recipe from Prepped! Gorgeous Food without the Slog by author and food blogger Vanessa Kimbell

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