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10 Leftover Christmas Mincemeat Recipes

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Mincemeat ice cream and mincemeat Scotch pancakes are two of the recipes featured on this page.

Mincemeat ice cream and mincemeat Scotch pancakes are two of the recipes featured on this page.

Mincemeat is a huge part of the food culture in the UK at Christmas. It is used as the filling for small pies that are consumed in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. In modern times, these pies are perhaps most often bought ready-to-eat from bakers' shops and supermarkets, but many people still take the time to prepare them at home from rolled pastry and mincemeat, the latter usually purchased in a glass jar.

What to Do With Leftover Mincemeat

A frequent consequence of this practice is that some of the mincemeat will be left over when all the pies have been prepared and consumed—and this will represent a problem in terms of how to use it up so that it does not ultimately go to waste.

The recipes on this page provide ideas for what to do with this leftover mincemeat. Alternatively, these recipes could be prepared by design rather than default, and they could be enjoyed well in advance of Christmas.

Mincemeat is a popular UK treat at Christmastime.

Mincemeat is a popular UK treat at Christmastime.

What Is Mincemeat?

Mincemeat in modern times is essentially a rich, sweet combination of dried fruits and berries, spices, candied peel and several other sweet and fatty ingredients—but this list makes the name particularly confusing, even to those who purchase and consume the product regularly. Mince, after all, is the name regularly applied to minced (ground) beef in the UK, while the word meat is self-explanatory. So why should this name be applied to the product in question?

The answer (like with so much else) lies in the history books. In the 15th century—when references to mincemeat as a pie filling largely first appeared—recipes included a variety of potential meats, particularly mutton or beef, which would be minced for inclusion in the preparation. While ingredients lists have changed significantly in the intervening years, the original name remains in use.

Mincemeat is available to buy in every British supermarket in the run-up to Christmas and very often on substantial discount in the period just after the holiday, as markets look to get rid of surplus stocks. Fortunately, if you don't have ready access to it in your immediate locale, the very brand used in these recipes, Robertson's, is also available to buy outside the UK on Amazon.

Table of Contents

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  1. Coffee and Mincemeat Jelly With Fresh Cream
  2. Chocolate and Mincemeat Bran Crisp Cakes
  3. Homemade Porridge With Mincemeat
  4. Mincemeat and Whipped Cream on Sultana Scones
  5. Stewed Apples and Pineapple With Mincemeat
  6. Mincemeat on Artisan Toast
  7. Mincemeat With Bacon and Black Pudding
  8. Cinnamon and Cumin French Toast With Mincemeat and Strawberries
  9. Mincemeat Scotch Pancakes or Drop Scones
  10. Easy Mincemeat Ice Cream (With Stewed Plums and Pancakes)
Coffee, Mincemeat and Sponge Cake Jelly, Topped With Fresh Cream and Chocolate Shavings

Coffee, Mincemeat and Sponge Cake Jelly, Topped With Fresh Cream and Chocolate Shavings

1. Coffee and Mincemeat Jelly With Fresh Cream

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours 35 min
  • Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pint strong black coffee
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 leaves gelatine (or as required per instructions on pack)
  • 2 small sponge cupcakes (or equivalent amount of leftover spongecake)
  • 2 tablespoons mincemeat
  • Small tub of double/heavy/whipping cream (5 fluid ounces/150ml)
  • ½ small bar milk chocolate
  1. Check the pack instructions for the gelatine. In this instance, the leaves required to be soaked in cold water for 5 minutes prior to being used in the recipe. Follow the instructions as detailed.
  2. Pour the coffee (hot or cold, it doesn't matter) into a saucepan and add the sugar. Stir well and heat until the coffee is just simmering. Turn off the heat, as gelatine must never be added to a boiling liquid. Allow to cool for 5 minutes (perhaps while the gelatine is steeping).
  3. Squeeze the excess water from the gelatine leaves and add to the warm coffee. Stir gently until fully dissolved.
  4. Break up the sponge cakes into a bowl and stir in the mincemeat. Divide evenly between two serving dishes.
  5. Pour the coffee over the sponge and mincemeat combinations. Leave to cool further for about 15 minutes before chilling in the fridge for 2 hours or until the jelly is fully set. If desired, the jellies can be left overnight to save time on the day of service.
  6. Pour the cream into a small bowl and whisk until it forms soft peaks. Divide between the two set jelly dishes and spread it out evenly over the top. Chill if desired for up to two hours.
  7. Grate the chocolate over the cream immediately before serving.
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Milk Chocolate and Mincemeat Bran Crispies

Milk Chocolate and Mincemeat Bran Crispies

2. Chocolate and Mincemeat Bran Crisp Cakes

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 1 hour (including cooling/setting time)
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
  • Yields: 8 cupcake-sized crisp cakes

Ingredients

  • 6-ounce bar cooking chocolate (plain or milk, as desired)
  • 1 tablespoon mincemeat
  • 2 generous handfuls bran flakes breakfast cereal (or as required)
  1. Break the chocolate into squares and add to a heatproof glass bowl. Spoon in the mincemeat.
  2. Bring an inch or so of water to a boil in the base of a saucepan. Reduce the heat to achieve a gentle simmer.
  3. Sit the bowl on top of the saucepan, ensuring it does not actually touch the water. This is essential, as the chocolate will split if the water touches the glass. It is the steam only which will melt the chocolate.
  4. Stir frequently and gently with a wooden spoon to combine the melting chocolate with the mincemeat.
  5. When the chocolate is fully melted, lift the bowl away from the heat.
  6. Add a handful of bran flakes and carefully stir through the melted chocolate. Add more in small stages until all the melted chocolate has been used as coating. Be careful not to add too many flakes or they will not all be coated and the crisp cakes will not set.
  7. Spoon some of the combination into eight paper cupcake cases and leave for at least an hour to cool and set before serving.
Homemade Porridge, Sweetened With a Spoonful of Mincemeat

Homemade Porridge, Sweetened With a Spoonful of Mincemeat

3. Homemade Porridge With Mincemeat

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fine or pinhead oatmeal
  • 2 cups cold water
  • Generous pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon mincemeat
  1. Add the oatmeal, cold water and salt to a large saucepan. Stir well with a wooden spoon and put on a high heat until the water begins to simmer.
  2. Reduce the heat to just maintain the simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until thickened, stirring constantly with the wooden spoon.
  3. Add the mincemeat, give a final through stir and divide between two bowls to serve.
Sultana Scone Halves Spread With Mincemeat and Topped With Whipped Cream

Sultana Scone Halves Spread With Mincemeat and Topped With Whipped Cream

4. Mincemeat and Whipped Cream on Sultana Scones

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: n/a
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: 12 assemblies

Ingredients

  • 6 sultana scones (or similar)
  • Small tub double/heavy/whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons mincemeat
  1. Pour the cream into a bowl and whisk until it forms soft peaks.
  2. Slice each scone in half horizontally.
  3. Add a teaspoon or so of mincemeat to each scone half and spread out evenly with a knife.
  4. Add a teaspoon of whipped cream to the top of each scone, and be sure to serve immediately.
Fresh Cream Poured Over Stewed Apples and Pineapple With Mincemeat

Fresh Cream Poured Over Stewed Apples and Pineapple With Mincemeat

5. Stewed Apples and Pineapple With Mincemeat

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 Bramley (or similar cooking suitable) apples
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 14 ounce can pineapple chunks in pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons mincemeat
  • Double (heavy) cream for pouring
  1. Core and peel the apples before chopping into 1-inch chunks. Add to a large pot with the pineapple (including juice) and the lemon juice. Measure in the mincemeat, 3 tablespoons of cold water and stir well.
  2. Put the pot on high heat until the water just starts to simmer. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer for about 5 minutes until the apples start to break down, stirring frequently.
  3. The apples can be served hot or covered and left to cool before they are plated and cream is poured over the top immediately before serving.