Using traditional mincemeat for a classic twist this Christmas!

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to enjoy some mince pies, and perhaps get into the festive spirit by making your own. Yet, how often do we consider thinking outside of the box and using the preserve, that has been part of British cookery for centuries, to create something a little different? Spicers’ Little Helpers bring you some delightful alternative recipes to include mincemeat in your festive treats!

Mincemeat Strudel

If you’re looking to create a delicious twist on a winter warming classic, why not substitute apples for mincemeat? Fill the pastry with mincemeat and bake as usual, before topping with sugar for a finishing touch. Serve with hot custard or cream and enjoy! 

Mincemeat Trifle

Try using mincemeat as the trifle base, as opposed to a fruit compote. Combine the trifle mixture as usual, before pouring over pre-prepared mincemeat, and adding a cream topping. Leave to set in the fridge overnight, and serve to your guests as a surprising yet delightful alternative to Christmas pudding. 

Mincemeat Stuffed Apples

Looking for another unusual treat to tantalise the taste buds this Christmas? Have a go at creating some mincemeat stuffed apples. Simply cut off the apple lids, and scrape out the inners before filling with mincemeat. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes on 180 degrees, and indulge in the festivities with a warm glass of mulled wine. 

Not into sweet treats? How about trying a savoury twist by adding mincemeat to some cranberry sauce for an extra sweet compliment to your Roast turkey?

Are you looking for a gift to surprise and delight a mince pie lover this Christmas? Take a look at the Red Sleeves Christmas hamper, filled with festive treats including mince pies, fudge, Christmas chutney and indulgent red wine. Available for £49.52 inc. VAT and Delivery.

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