can be preservative and additive free - egg free - nut free
Advent has officially begun- it's four weeks till Christmas! Christmas is my favourite time of the year- I love the hot weather, the anticipation of good things coming, the excitement of the kids, the gatherings with family and friends, the opportunity to focus on giving, and remembering the greatest gift ever given.
I'll post lots of yummy 'friendly' Christmassy recipes through December, but I thought I'd start with this one because if you can get it done a few weeks before Christmas, it tastes so much better! I make this fruit mince every year and make a couple of big batches of gluten free mince tarts with this pastry, and my in-laws have an Aussie Christmas tradition of making a frozen Christmas pudding rather than a boiled one. I use this fruit mince and make one frozen pudding with dairy free ice cream for those of us that need it, and another with regular ice cream for everyone else.
You don't have to follow the exact mix of fruit that I use. If there's something you don't like, replace it with more of something that you do. Just stick to the overall quantities.
I always try to use organic dried fruit, as it doesn't contain preservatives. It's almost impossible to find dried cranberries or glace cherries that don't have additives and preservatives, so if anyone in your family is sensitive to these, leave them out. You could try replacing them with gogi berries if you want something red in your mince.
There is extra sweetness and moisture added to the mince with some jam. I always use fruit-juice sweetened jam that is refined sugar free. Most supermarkets carry at least one brand of this. If you don't like, or can't eat, citrus peel, try using apricot jam rather than marmalade.
If alcohol is not your thing, other than the fact that you have my commiserations (!), try replacing it with grape juice.
So, take my advice- get out there and buy your favourite mix of dried fruit then get it 'brewing' in the fridge as soon as possible. You can thank me for it later!
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup sultanas
- 1/2 cup red glace cherries, chopped
- 1/4 cup diced dried apricots
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup mixed peel (optional)
- 1/2 cup currants
- 1/2 cup pitted dried dates, chopped
- 1 cup sugar-free (fruit juice sweetened) sweet orange marmalade (or apricot jam)
- 1/2 cup dark rum, or more to taste
- 1/2 cup Irish Whiskey Cream Liqueur (only if you can tolerate a little milk...if not, use extra rum or cream sherry)
- 2 teaspoons mixed spice.
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well to combine.
- Transfer to an air tight container. Store in a cool, dark place for at least a week, but longer if possible, stirring occasionally to allow flavours to develop.
- Will keep in the fridge for up to 6 months.
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