Each year on December 1st I put up my Christmas tree, it's the day we did it as kids and its the day I do it now. To keep boyfriend happy as I agonize over the placement of each single tree decoration, I set him up with eggnog and fruit mince pies.
That brings me to this recipe today, If I want to make fruit mince pies next weekend I had to start the fruit mince now, so the flavours have time to make friends and get all delicious. I find one week is long enough for the fruit mince to do its thing but feel free to leave it longer if you like.
Sometimes I think fruit mince can be pretty boring, just raisins, sultanas and other things that make people (Me) screw their noses up and poke their tongues out. Wanting to make a mixture I'd actually like I added a few fun things like dried apricots, cranberries and spiced rum for that extra bit of special.
Stop by same time next week for the Mince Tart Recipe using this yummy homemade fruit mixture!
For the Fruit Mince
2 1/2 cups mix fruit (mine had sultanas, raisins, currents and mixed peel)
1/4 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
1/2 cup red glace cherries
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup orange marmalade
4 tablespoons spiced rum
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
Finely chop up all the fruits and the almonds.