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Last November I was in London, It was the first time I visited the city during Christmas time and I spent a beautiful week-end.
One morning, after my breakfast in Gail’s, I bought their mince tarts. I had seen this desserts on several blogs, these little tarts decorated with a star in the middle with a rich and spiced filling, are known as the favourite Santa Claus sweet…. sure it’s the favourite Christmas treat in England!
As you can understand I brought with me in Florence, in addition to my loved Hunter boots, a couple of mincemeat’s jars.
Mincemeat is the mince tart’s filling that you can find in every food hall, from Mark & Spencer to Selfridges.
This Christmas I don’t have mincemeat jar in my pantry, but I don’t want to give up my mince tart so I did some research on the web!
The recipe come from one of my favourite blogs Cherry Menlove.
I changed some ingredients according with my taste, by replacing lard with butter.
Ingredients for 3 jars (250 gr. each)
150 gr. walnuts
100 gr. pistachios (or hazelnuts or your favourite nuts)
1 lemon (juice and zest)
1 orange (juice and zest)
250 gr. grated apple
100 gr. butter
200 gr. raisin
170 gr. brown sugar
6/7 dates, chopped
6/7 dried apricot, chopped
200 gr. dried cranberries
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
3 cloves powdered
3 tablespoon rhum or brandy
Put all the ingredients in a bowl mixing well. Cover with a cling film and set aside in the fridge for one night.
The day after put your mix in a pan and heats. The ingredients doesn’t need to be cooked, but it’s important heat them until the butter and the sugar are completely melted.
Put the warm mincemeat in sterilized jars and store in your pantry.