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A dried fruit preserve, probably originating from the time of returning Crusaders, who had become accustomed to Middle Eastern spices. A typical mixture might include currants, raisins, sultanas, mixed peel and a variety of spices.
Originally, beef mince was also included. Nowadays, home-made versions might include suet, but shop bought varieties would be suitable for vegetarians. Mincemeat is often fortified with brandy, and would improve with age. See our Recipe Section.