This is another family recipe that my mother had found in a cookbook 30-40 years ago and for the life of me I have no idea which cookbook. She was always fascinated with the heritage cookbooks and those small church cookbooks that local small towns and authors would publish.
Our family has a Scandinavian and English heritage, so there was always some traditional sweat being made during the holidays when I was a child.
Mincemeat pies were traditionally made with meat and a beef fat or suet that would preserve the pie. They originated in the English speaking world somewhere around the 13th century. For the most part the suet and meat in the Mincemeat pie have long since stopped being put into the pies.
What you do have is a great blend of spices such as clove and cinnamon with fresh fruit for a delightful pie for any holiday occasion.
I always make and can big batches of Mice Meat Pie filling in the fall for use all year long. It keeps well in the refrigerator due to sugar and liquor and is great as a pie filling or on top of oatmeal, as a crumble bar, Christmas cake, muffins, served over ice cream, or a traditional tart.
- 2 Apples
- 1-2 pears
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup currants
- 1/4 cup orange marmalade
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon clove powder
- 1 tablespoon crystallized ginger
- 1 1/2 cup blanched almond slivers
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- Grated zest and juice of one lemon
- Grated zest of juice one orange
- 1/4 cup rum or brandy
- Combine all ingredients in a pot except the alcohol and stir over medium heat for 40 minutes. Take off of the heat and add the liquor last. Because of the sugar and liquor this will last indefinitely if kept in the refrigerator, but recommended storage is two weeks in the refrigerator, six months in the freezer.
- The heat will evaporate the alcohol in the liquor, but still add flavor and help in preserving it in the refrigerator.
- The aka: Chunky Applesauce was a name my sister gave it to trick her 3 year old into eating it. She said the real name and my niece refused to try it and as soon as mom said chunky applesauce the child has been eating it for 15 years! 🙂