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Last minute chocolate cherry mincemeat

This brandied chocolate cherry studded mincemeat is a delicious twist on the traditional recipe.  
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword chocolate cherry mincemeat
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 jars
Author Nickki Thompson


  • 2 large bramley apples peeled and chopped into 2cm dice
  • 300 g soft dark brown sugar
  • 350 g raisins
  • 125 g dried figs chopped
  • 100 g glacĂ© cherries cut in half
  • 100 g dried cherries
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 30 g cocoa powder
  • 250 ml ale or fruity cider I used cherry ale
  • Grated zest and juice of one lemon
  • Grated zest and juice of one small orange
  • 50 g very cold butter, grated
  • 4-5 tbsp cherry brandy


  • Place the ale or cider and sugar in a large saucepan and heat gently.
  • Add the apples to the pan. Stir well.
  • Add all the other ingredients, apart from the cherry brandy. Simmer for about 30 minutes until the mixture is soft, pulpy and...well, turned into mincemeat!
  • Remove from the heat and set aside for about 10 minutes. Stir in the cherry brandy and transfer to your sterilsed jars.
  • This mincemeat can be used immediately but will keep very well unopened in a cool, dark place.