Our Christmas starts with mince pies. We all love them way before the event because when Christmas finally arrives there is already so much else around to eat.
So, mincemeat first. Jars have been collected throughout the year. Tried and tested recipe from an old Winter 1996 Prima Magazine Christmas Traditions.
225g currants, raisins, sultanas, dried ready to eat apricots - roughly chopped, glace cherries - finely chopped and soft dark brown sugar. 125g mixed peel. 50g chopped almonds and melted butter. 2tsp ground cloves, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg. 1tsp ground allspice and ginger.