Saturday, 26 November 2011

Chocolate Mincemeat

Each year I vow to make mincemeat and each year I fail. But this year, I've bucked the trend - hooray. CT is not a fan of mince pies and I can take them or leave them, but home-made mincemeat is a different food game altogether - or at least that's what I'm hoping. I based my mix on the one in British Baking by Peyton and Byrne, but used rum instead of brandy and the home-made mixed spice I concocted after reading Karen's post about it on Lavender and Lovage. I also, added, errrr, chocolate! I made it a couple of weeks ago but am letting it brew for a while. As it has lots of apple in the recipe, I thought I'd sneak it into this month's apple themed We Should Cocoa.

These are the ingredients I mixed together in a large bowl which I covered and left over night before giving a good stir and spooning into sterilised jars:

  • 225g Cornish cooking apples (variety unidentified) - finely chopped
  • 110g vegetarian suet (rather wished I'd used butter in retrospect)
  • 175g raisins
  • 110g sultanas
  • 110g currants
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 100g dark chocolate (70%) - chopped
  • 175g dark brown sugar
  • grated zest and juice of an organic orange (unwaxed)
  • grated zest and juice of an organic lemon (unwaxed)
  • 25g flaked almonds
  • 3 tsp mixed spice (home-made)
  • 3 tbsp rum

This should keep for a year in a cool dark place, but I have plans for this mincemeat and I'm really looking forward to trying it. Assuming it makes the grade, a couple of the jars might make it into this year's Christmas hampers.

27 comments:

  1. I do like the idea of little nuggets of chocolate melting in!

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  2. Great idea for this month's challenge - don't forget to update us on how it tastes!

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  3. I made mincemeat yesterday for the first time ever!!... We've clearly been inspired by all those clever people at Fortnums!...pretty similar ingredients to yours, which looks yummy but I used whisky instead of rum!... can't wait to eat it too!

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  4. What a great idea to add chocolate! I have a wonderful spiced mincemeat and chocolate cake recipe, and imagine that this will taste similar! Brilliant mincemeat and a lovely change too!
    Karen

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  5. I wouldn't have thought of adding chocolate to mincemeat. I'll have to give it a try!

    I shouldn't really make mincemeat though - I like making it, but rarely get round to using it. My mum was gifted the last lot I made recently. It was marked 2009. Oops!

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  6. Inspired idea to add the chocolate! Bet it tastes great.

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  7. Foodycat - that is exactly what made me think of it.

    BVG - expect mince pies to be featuring at some point as well as something else I've got up my sleeve ;-)

    Lottie - thank you.

    Dom - oh, I bet whiskey will give a real depth to the flavour. I've never been a fan of whiskey, but last year I was served some on my porridge and it was really really good. Bet you didn't use chocolate though ;-)

    Karen - you do know how to entice. Where is that chocolate mincemeat cake?

    C - yes it's funny how we want to make things and then they end up languishing in the back of the cupboard. Quite a bit of my stuff ends up like that.

    Jac - thanks, I'm crossing fingers that it does so!

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  8. mmm, scrummy - the perfect filling for chocolate mince pies (although the sugar hit could be quite devestating!)
    http://nipitinthebud.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/making-chocolate-mince-pies/

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  9. Mincemeat and chocolate is such a perfect combination. I have my pots in the fridge, because I used butter rather than suet, waiting to be made into mince pies nearer Christmas.

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  10. you put chocolate in your mince meat? I want some. I love making chocolate panforte with regular mince meat so I can well imagine that mince meat would be delicious with chocolate

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  11. Nic - yes I remember your lovely looking mince pies from last year - wondering if chocolate pastry and chocolate mincemeat might be too much of a good thing - on the other hand ......

    Janice - ah, hadn't thought about that aspect of using butter. I think they would taste better, but not so good for storage.

    Oh panforte Johanna, what a lovely idea :)

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  12. I love mincemeat in my fruit mince pies! The addition of dark chocolate is a great idea..it would go well with those sweet dried fruits

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  13. I just made some too - I'm a bit behind! yours looks ace, have a look for interest in the River Cottage book by Pam the Jam. Her recipe has only fruit, sugar, spices and booze - no fat at all and it seems to work OK.
    Might add some chopped chocolate to the mix now!

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  14. If anyone can pull off chocolate mincemeat it's definitely you! I'd been thinking about doing pies with a chocolate crust...do you think a chocolate crust AND filling would be overkill?!

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  15. What an unusual combination - I have never seen chocolate mincemeat. I'm not a fan of mincemeat...maybe adding chocolate to it is the answer!

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  16. Great idea adding chocolate in. A creative entry for we should cocoa. I'm not a fan of mincemeat myself but may be tempted by this chocolate creation of yours :)

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  17. Brittany - that's certainly what I'm hoping. Time will tell!

    Oxslip - Oh, I've just had a look and now I want to make both the plum and russet and the pear and ginger. Dan has another quite different recipe but using butter. Still, it's a first and I had to start somewhere.

    Little Loaf - Thank you for your vote of confidence - I'm really looking forward to finding out how well it works. I think your double chocolate mince pies have to be tried ;-)

    CC - I think there's a big difference between bought and home-made. That's what I keep hearing anyway. CT will be the judge - he won't normally eat mince pies.

    Baking Addict - Thank you. See above :)

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  18. I think you may be onto a good thing here. Chocolate flavoured mincemeat is bound to taste amazing. It fits in nicely with all your other ingredients and will be a big hit I am sure!
    I often use mincemeat in crumbles too and find it works well, served with lots of cream/custard xx

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  19. oook what a lovely idea. Never thought of chocolate in it though I do add cocoa to my Xmas pudding so why not am sure the chocolate flavour goes well with all those lovely spices x

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  20. this look amazing Choclette, an amazing idea:)

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  21. Now I LOVE a mince pie, so one with chocolate in it...drool...

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  22. A really, really unusual idea. If it works you have invented something here!

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  23. Oh I love the idea of this- I'm a sucker for folding mincemeat through ice cream. I think the chocolate would take it to a completely other level. Thank you!

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  24. I love this idea! I am addicted to mince pies at the moment - eating them everyday! One thing I really love about mince pies is the collection of textures they have. I can only imagine that chocolate adds yet another texture to make it even more exciting. This could be a great idea for your December We Should Cocoa Challenge! ;)

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  25. Laura - you've got me thinking now about warm mince pies and custard or maybe clotted cream mmm

    WLM - ah cocoa in the Christmas pudding, mmm. I wonder if my mother would be open to persuasion, she makes the Christmas puddings.

    Gloria - thank you - let's hope so ;-)

    Wendy - thank you. You know a thing or two about food, so I'll trust that they it's going to turn out well.

    Kath - no drooling please, but I'll allow a bit of mouth watering ;-)

    Maggie - thank you. Time will tell.

    Tori - well that's another first.

    Hazel - that's so true, one person's mince pie is rarely the same as another's.

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