Saturday, 26 November 2011

Recipes - Fruit Mince

I have never been a fan of fruit mince until last year when my friend invited me to make fruit mince with him.  He has been making steamed Christmas puddings for over eight years and over this time has developed the most delicious recipe for the fruit mince.  There was so much that not only did we make heaps of steamed puddings, of varying sizes, we also made fruit mince pies, fruit mince pinwheels, fruit mince tarts, fruit mince and custard muffins and a whole bunch of other delicious fruit mince desserts.  So, without further ado, here is the best recipe for fruit mince you will ever find ever! 

NOTE: This fruit mince needs to be started 4 weeks in advance!   There is room to alter the ingredients to suit your tastes.  If you don't like dried apricot, leave it out and add more of something else, like craisins or dried apples.  This is very much one of those old fashioned 'throw in what you have in the pantry' kind of recipe.

1kg sultanas
1kg raisins
300g currants
500g dried apricots
500g dried apple
500g prunes
500g dates
300g craisins
250g dried figs
100g dried blueberries (optional)
200g walnuts 
200g pecans
100g crushed peanuts
100g slivered almonds
2 x carrots, grated
2 x apples, grated
1 orange, zested
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup brandy
1/3 cup orange marmalade
1/3 cup jam
                                                                              1 cup dark brown sugar

Step 1 - Throw sultanas, raisins, craisins, currants, blueberries, slivered almonds, crushed peanuts, grated carrots, grated apple and orange zest in a large container.
Step 2 - Chop dried apricots, dried apple, prunes, dried figs, dates, walnuts and pecans, so they are all a similar size to the fruit already in the container.  Add to container and mix together until well combined.
Step 3 - Place orange juice, brandy, marmalade, jam and brown sugar in a microwave proof bowl.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring well every minute.
Step 4 - Pour mixture over fruit in the container and stir until well combined.  Pop lid on container and place in fridge.  
Step 5 - Turn container once a day for 4 weeks.  

Use fruit mince to make steamed puddings, fruit mince tarts and other Christmas goodies.

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