In the holiday spirit, make a traditional mincemeat pie

By Jim Bailey

Yankee Chef logoI can hear it now: “This is not mincemeat.” Still, you’re in for one heck of a surprise, especially when the aromas of this recipe starts wafting into every room of the house. If you closed your eyes, you would swear you were in your ancestors’ kitchen. If you have any children who have never had mincemeat, give this a shot.

When it has cooled sufficiently, simply place the recipe in a pie shell, and top with another pie crust. Vent and bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Remove to cool completely before serving. This mincemeat recipe can be used in any cookie, tart or holiday recipe that requires mincemeat.
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 cup orange marmalade
1 cup raisins or golden raisins
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup diced, dried apricots
2 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, Suncrisp, Delicious or Braeburn
3 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon each salt, nutmeg and ginger
2 teaspoons rum extract

In a large saucepan, whisk orange juice and marmalade. Peel, core and chop apples and add to juice mixture along with remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring well. Reduce temperature to low and simmer 30 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir, while helping to break up ingredients, often while simmering.

Remove from heat, transfer to bowl, stir in rum extract and cover to refrigerate for at least 24 hours before using in pies, cookies or anything you can think of.

Makes about 3 to 3 1/2 cups

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About the Author: Jim Bailey is a third generation Yankee Chef, New England food historian and newspaper columnist. His first cookbook, simply titled The Yankee Chef, has been published. He welcomes all feedback, questions or comments at

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