Making mince pies and memories

Dec 10, 2012, 08:48 PM

Recipe -

Makes 2 x 440g jars

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 15 minutes

200g soft brown sugar

170ml Spiced Orange & Clove Brandy

300g fresh cranberries

170g dried cherries or blueberries (or a mixture)

200g mixed currants and raisins

30g peeled, very finely grated fresh ginger

2 tsp mixed spice

Juice and zest of 2 medium oranges

1 vanilla pod, cut into 4 pieces

1 Put the sugar and brandy into a large pan and warm gently. Add the fresh cranberries and cook gently for about 3 minutes. Stir well.

2 Tip in the dried fruit, ginger, mixed spice, orange juice and zest and vanilla and stir well. Cover and simmer very gently for about 15 minutes, stirring and checking occasionally.

3 Spoon into clean jars and store in the fridge. This keeps happily for up to 2 weeks.

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