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How To Make Vegetarian Mincemeat

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Most store bought mincemeat in a jar has suet in it. Some are just too sweet and heavy. If you are stuck for some mincemeat, you can make this easy vegetarian mincemeat. You can also use it straight away, and use for mince pies or any other recipe you fancy.
What you'll need: 
900g cooking apples, peeled and cored
450g mixed fruit (currants, sultanas and raisins)
200g glace cherries
1 juice of lemon and grated rind
300ml apple juice
150g Demerara sugar
2 tablespoons of honey (optional)
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
½ teaspoon ground allspice
Pour the apple juice in a large saucepan, add the sugar and warm on a low heat.
Cut the apples into chunks; don’t worry about them going brown. The mincemeat will be brown at the end.
Add the honey, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and mixed fruit. Stir well and bring to the boil, turn heat down, Cover and simmer for 30 minutes until, the mixture is soft.
Remove from heat, let it cool completely. You can transfer mixture into a sterilised jar.
This vegetarian mincemeat is quite versatile, and very light. This is will also give you confidence, to offer your baking to any vegetarians you know. They will love you for the consideration, and no needs to be left out.
You can substitute the apple juice, for pomegranate juice or any other juice you want.
You can add brandy, dark rum or whiskey to the mixture.
You can take out the sugar, or add more honey. You can use an alternative sweetener of your choice.
You can also chop the ingredients, and blend a little in a food processor. Then simmer as above.


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