Now when you think of Christmas, the one thing after the tree and presents is mince pies. Christmas is a time of the year where we all end up eating too much, eating anything that we want and at the end of it, realise how bad all the Christmas food is for you, especially if you check the scales after Christmas.
Well now you can keep on track with this Slimming World Mincemeat recipe for your homemade Slimming World Mince Pies. The reason for making your own home made mincemeat pie filling is so that you really know what is in the mixture and secondly, you have a little more control over what you are eating.
Now if you have looked at the ingredients of the shop bought mincemeat pie filling, then you will know that it contains suet, which isn not suitable for vegetarians, you can find shop bought versions which are suitable vegetarians, but this recipe is homemade, know exactly what is in it and cut out the rubbish.
The best mincemeat pie filling recipe
Now this is just the recipe for an easy mincemeat filling for your mince pies, you can certainly make some tweaks to the recipe if you feel it is suitable, but this recipe certainly works. There is an optional element of alcohol in your recipe, personally I don’t use the alcohol for 2 reasons, the first is that I rarely drink alcohol and secondly I actually prefer mincemeat and mince pies with no alcohol. This simple mincemeat recipe is so easy to make, suitable for everyone, especially if you don’t put any alcohol in it. This is also a vegetarian mincemeat recipe as it does not contain any suet.
The one thing you need to decide when it comes to mince pies is the pastry, this may be a simple question for you, but if you want to try and keep on plan, then it may take a little more thought, some of the options include a shortcrust pastry, filo or even something completely different like a Weight Watchers Wraps. I have a recipe for my own mince pies and you can see what option I went for, I will also explain why I went for the option I chose. One thing I will say is that the reason I went for what I did, is that they turned out great.
Slimming World Christmas Mincemeat Recipe
- 400 g Bramley apples Cored and chopped small (leave peel on)
- 350 g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
- 350 g Raisins
- 225 g Currants
- 225 g Sultanas
- 2 Oranges Grate zest and juice
- 2 Lemons Grate zest and juice
- 4 tsp Mixed Ground Spice
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg
- 8 oz whole mixed candied peel finely chopped, 225 g
- 12 oz Soft Dark Brown Sugar 350 g
- grated zest and juice 2 oranges
- grated zest and juice 2 lemons
- 6 tbsp Brandy THIS IS OPTIONAL
- In a large bowl, add all of the dried fruit
- Core and chop the apples into small pieces, leave the peel on, make sure the apple is chopped into small pieces, a similar size to the currents. Then add to the dried fruit.
- Grate and juice the oranges and lemons.
- Add the sugar to the fruit mixture, along with the spices, mix together well.
- Now add the zest and juice to the fruit and sugar mix, the mixture will really smell like Christmas. Cover with clingfilm and leave for 12 hours +
- After 12 hours, you can then put the mincemeat into sterilised jars and keep ready for use at Christmas. Alternatively, you can use the mixture to make fresh mince pies.
- N.B. If you want the mixture to pack an extra punch, you can add 6 tablespoons of Brandy, this will make is boozy and delicious, this is optional only. Personally, I don’t use the brandy.
Now if you have changed the recipe slightly, let me know what changes you made, what did you include or take out, how did it turn out for you? Did you add any alcohol? Did you add more fruits? What do you like in your mince pies?
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