Hi friends! I have a delicious recipe for you today…and it involves mincemeat. Now if you’ve never had mincemeat, don’t be afraid of the name…it’s waaaaay better than it sounds, trust me! I never used to even touch the stuff…I always bypassed the the treat plates with anything mincemeat, but now I’m a changed woman! I love it! Mincemeat is versatile and goes with so many things – you can bake it into pies or tarts, or make Mincemeat Oatmeal Thumbprint cookies. So good!
But first…what exactly is mincemeat? “Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits and spices, and sometimes beef suet, beef, or venison. Originally, mincemeat always contained meat. Many modern recipes contain beef suet, though vegetable shortening is sometimes used in its place.” (Wikipedia)
The mincemeat that I buy is a 5 fruit blend (with no meat), and it contains apples, raisins, currants, orange & lemon peels, rum, brandy and molasses, as well as a number of different spices. It’s kind of like a pie filling…in fact, mincemeat is most often used in pies. I always buy my mincemeat at our local grocery store, but you should be able to find in almost anywhere (Superstore, Safeway, Walmart), and it comes either in jars or cans in the baking aisle.
These muffins are so scrumptious. They’re moist, spicy and so festive! And they’re a great way to use up any leftover mincemeat that you may have. I don’t know about you, but I always end up with half a jar of leftover mincemeat after making tarts, so these are a great way to use it up!