Fruity Vegan Mincemeat with Cranberry & Persimmon
Fruity Vegan Mincemeat with Cranberry & Persimmon. Beautifully simple, homemade vegan mincemeat delicately flavoured with delicious Persimmons. Store cupboard ingredients to show stopping Vegan Mince Pies in a couple of hours using ready made pastry or about half hour if you make the mincemeat ahead of time. Completely dairy, egg free & suitable for vegans as well as nut free too!
Luxury Vegan Mincemeat with Cranberry & Persimmon
For most people buying mince pies is easy.
You walk in a shop, pick up a box & pay.
Gluten free mince pies are generally fairy easy to come by, albeit with a ridiculous price tag, and some of the cheaper normal ranges are suitable for vegetarians. But throw a food allergy in the mix, especially if you have to avoid the dreaded ‘may contain’ labels and it can be a near impossible task.
Make your own!!
Honestly, you will not regret it. The quickest way is to simply use a jar of mincemeat and ready rolled pastry*. BUT with making your own mincemeat SO much simpler than trawling through supermarket jar labels, why would you not give it a go?! The other advantage of making your own, is that you can flavour your mincemeat with whatever you want and omit whichever ingredients you need.
*For the record I don’t ever make my own pastry, life is too short & I am far too lazy but even your basic shortcrust or rough puff isn’t that difficult
How easy is it to make Vegan Mincemeat at home?
You literally weigh out your ingredients into a saucepan, cook and stir. Definitely not one for the kids to make though, the mincemeat has a lot of sugar in it and it gets very hot.
What ingredients can I use to make Homemade Vegan Mincemeat?
Back when I was a kid, like a million years ago, there was literally one kind of Christmas mincemeat. The one where you opened the jar and the house flooded with that horrible scent of brandy-essence or whatever they used to mimic actual brandy. Now, though there are so many variations available in the shops. All filled with extra special ingredients, like almonds, cherries or much nicer, definitely-not-brandy alcohol. I’m sure last year I found one with prosecco in it, but can’t for the life of me remember where! And all with varying numbers of food we here at Peachick HQ have avoid – orange being the most common.
And so perhaps the most compelling reason to make your own vegan mincemeat is that not only can you flavour it with literally anything you want, you can also serve mince pies that everyone can eat!
My first attempt at my own mincemeat, was this very lovely Whisky & Ginger Mincemeat, stuffed full of sultanas, dates and Bramley apple. Definitely worth a go if you like a Whisky & Ginger. And while you can always make Mince Pies, check out my alternative use, my delicious and very easy to make Mincemeat Christmas Cake.
5 Step Ingredient Mix for a Luxury, Homemade, Vegan Mincemeat
This is the basic mix that I use to make 1litre of homemade mincemeat. With the dried fruit you want to use a TOTAL of 400g, the exact mix of fruits you use & the quantities of them is entirely up to you!
- 400g Dried fruit (sultanas, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, dates, figs, apricots)
- 200g Sugar (I use half brown, half granulated to keep costs down)
- 1 large fruit (apple, pear, plum, persimmon)
- 300ml liquid (ginger ale, tonic, cherryade, apple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice)
- 4tbsp fat (vegan butter, coconut oil, vegetarian suet)
And then you can add the following optional ingredients…
- 1-2 tsp ground spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice)
- 3-4 tbsp spirits (whisky, cointreau, brandy, port) Not all brands are vegan or gluten free so check before using!
The only thing to consider is the dietary needs you are catering for.
Adding nuts to Homemade Mincemeat
If you don’t need to be nut free, then some of the dried fruit weight can be made up with your favourite nut. Just make sure your total quantity of dried fruit & nuts together remains at 400g. Any nut will work well in mincemeat like pistachios, cashews, almonds or even peanuts but with a lot of little ones around during the festive season, I’d be really careful to chop them quite small.
Making Gluten Free, Vegan Mince Pies
Mincemeat is generally gluten free until you start adding spirits and vegetarian suet, while not all gluten free pastry is vegan. Personally, if I am making a gluten free mince pie, I stick to apple juice for the liquid and use coconut oil for the fat in the mincemeat. Then use Asda Free From Puff Pastry or Jus-Rol Gluten Free Puff Pastry to turn it into Mince Pies.
Storing Fruity Vegan Mincemeat at home
If you are using sterilized glass jars, then this mincemeat should last a couple of weeks, longer if you are adding alcohol. In any case, I would keep in an airtight sealed jar in the fridge. The sugar should act as a preservative and keep the fruit from going off. To be honest though in our house it never really lasts very long at all. I will make up batches on Sundays throughout December and use them for mince pies within that week – hubby loves a mince pie!
As for freezing it, I’ve never really tried, but it should keep in plastic tubs for around 6 months. You can even make up the mince pies and freeze ready for pulling out and baking whenever you have surprise pop ins over the festive season!
(Mind you not sure how that one will work out in 2020 yet but its still good to have some bits and bobs just in case!)
OTHER GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN CHRISTMAS RECIPE IDEAS
These little sugar cookies, make lovely Christmas presents or a fab activity for the kids on a cold, winter day. The dough also is a great base for making pretty stained glass biscuits.
For more recipe ideas for baking festive gifts check out my Quick Vegan Mincemeat flavoured with whisky & ginger ale and why not use it to whip up this speedy Mincemeat Christmas Cake. For a special someone, why not give my Luxury, fruit vegan mincemeat a try, filled with festive flavours of apple, ginger and persimmons.
These Candy Cane Cookies are perfect for the kids to make for teachers end of term gifts or why not try my Christmas spiced Biscotti or quick and easy vegan Cheese Crackers that just use 3 ingredients!
Recipe for Luxury Vegan Mincemeat
Fruity Vegan Mincemeat with Cranberry & Persimmon
For the Mincemeat
- 200 g Sultanas
- 200 g Dried Cranberries
- 1 tsp Ground Ginger
- 200 g Brown Sugar
- 300 ml Apple Juice
- 4 tbsp Vegetarian Suet or Coconut Oil
- 1 Large Persimmon Diced
To Make Mince Pies
- Filo Pastry Sheets
- Clean & Sterilize glass jars (wash in a dishwasher) and leave to dry while you make the mincemeat.
- Weigh all the ingredients into a large heavy saucepan and stir to mix together. I find it easier to weigh the liquids as it will keep your ingredients in the same ratios even if your scales are a little old and bashed about like mine 🙂
- Bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 15-20minutes until the mincemeat starts to thicken.
- Pour into the jars and fill to the top. Put on the lid and leave to cool. Add a pretty ribbon for gifts or keep in the fridge until you want to make a Christmas Cake or batch mince pies.
Other Persimmon Recipes
If you are inspired to try other recipes with persimmons, then check out these lovely recipes from other bloggers:
Gluten Free Persimmon Fruit Cake from the lovely Rebecca at Glutarama. It is Gluten free but has various other free from vegan options within the recipe so noone misses out!
Or this very beautiful Persimmon Upside-Down Cake over at Baking Journey. It’s already vegan so free from dairy & eggs and Sylvie has added options if you are avoiding coconut!
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