Zesty Mince Pie Filling


MincePies3.jpgChristmas is only 5 days away and I’m still not feeling even the slightest bit Christmassy yet –  I rarely do anymore. Christmas, is definitely a holiday for the kids rather than us older folk. So instead, I focus on the food and I celebrate each year by making my favourite Christmas recipes that I have created over the years. December always seems to go by so fast too and I always end up in a tizz as the days rapidly progress; which means I never get to share as many Christmas recipes on the blog, as I had initially planned.

This mince pie filling is definitely a recipe of mine that I have made countless times over the years and I thought it was about time it came out of my recipe archives and made it into yours this Christmas.

I’m never very organised over the Christmas period either and I’m that typical person who leaves Christmas shopping until the very last minute, which always results in a ton of stress and wondering whether everything will arrive on time.

When it comes to preparing my mince pie filling, however, I’m always organised and I tend to start it during the first few days of December. I then store the filling in my fridge until I’m ready to make my annual mince pies – usually during the last week leading up to Christmas day.

Then when my batch of mince pies are baked, Christmas can finally start for me and I always tend to enjoy them that little bit more when they are warmed, topped with coconut cream and a dash of cinnamon.

Christmas films are of course necessary too, for complete fulfilment and even though the magic and excitement of my childhood Christmas’ have past, these slow lived, cozy Christmas’ are one’s of my future; complete with traditions that will likely continue for years to come. And that for me is Christmas now and an enjoyable one, nonetheless.


  • 2 Large Bramley Apples
  • 100g Sultanas
  • 100g Pitted Dates
  • 50g Walnuts (unsalted)
  • 50g Hazelnuts (unsalted)
  • 50g Cashews (unsalted)
  • 50g Flaked Almonds
  • 50g Desiccated Coconut
  • Juice of 1.5 Lemon
  • Juice of 2 Orange
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 70g Molasses
  • 2 Tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1.5 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1.5 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1.5 Tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt


Peel, core and chop the apples into small chunks, and add them to a large mixing bowl.

Roughly chop up all of the nuts and toss them into the mixing bowl along with the apples, and all of the other ingredients too – minus the fennel.

Add the fennel seeds to a pestle and mortar; grind them until you can smell the aniseed scent and again, toss them into the bowl.

Stir all of the ingredients together and leave the mince pie filling in your fridge for 1-2 weeks.


You can add a glug of brandy to your mince pie filling if you like your mince pies a little naughtier. I don’t drink alcohol so I leave them alcohol-free.

This mince pie filling can be used straight away, but I find leaving it stand for a few weeks prior, helps encourage more flavour and depth.

If you don’t have, nor want to buy the nuts I have listed; you can just use mixed nuts instead, or omit them completely.

Any dry fruit will work in this recipe.


– I also have a few more Christmas recipes, from previous years in the archives. Just look them up under ‘Christmas’ in the recipe index.

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