When i first came to Ireland i never heard of mince pies , mince meat or even Christmas pudding . And i used to think that it was actually meat cooked with dried fruits , sugar …. Until i watched a cooking and watch a mincemeat recipe being made . It took me a while to appreciate the Irish Christmas desserts as they are full of strong flavors such as spices, alcohol , sweet and candied fruit . But now after 8 years i do like a piece of Christmas pudding or a few mince pies with a drizzle of brandy custard. This year for christmas i decided to make my own mince pies and hopefully next year make my own Christmas pudding.
*100 grs of shredded beef suet
*100 grs of sultanas
*100 grs of currants
*100 grs of diced mixed fruit ( mine contains orange, melon,papaya and cherries from the SHAMROCK brand)
*2 bramley apples
*100 grs of muscuvado sugar
*1/2 cup of brandy
*zest and juice of 1 orange
*zest and juice of 1 lemon
*2 tsp of mixed spices
1.Peel and grate the carrot and apples then add in a large bowl or dish with all the remaining ingredients.
2.Mix well with a wooden spoon and leave to marinate overnight and the following day cook in a saucepan for 30 minutes on low heat .
3. Pour into sterilized jars and keep for up to a year.