Recipe: Low sugar mincemeat for mince pies

Home made mincemeat tastes worlds apart from shop bought and this recipe has the added bonus that it is naturally sweetened with Sweet Freedom Dark (made 100% from fruit) and has no other added sugar.

Serves 24

Low sugar mincemeatMakes just over 1kg

  • 200g sultanas
  • 175g raisins
  • 150g currants
  • 100g shredded vegetable suet
  • zest & juice of 1 Orange
  • zest & juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/2  tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 175g Sweet Freedom Dark or Natural
  • 300g Bramley Apples, peeled, cored and cut into small dice (prepared weight)
  • 50ml brandy



  1. Mix together all the ingredients, apart from the brandy, in an ovenproof dish, cover with foil and leave overnight in a cool place.
  2. The next day, preheat the oven to 110 C / 225 F / gas mark 1/4.  Place the dish in the preheated oven for 3 hours.  Remove from the oven, add the brandy and then leave to cool, stirring every now and again.  When the mincemeat is cold pack into sterilised jars and store in a cool place until required.


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