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!
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup mincemeat
The Topping: (this is optional if you don't want to use rum)
- 1 tsp generous of sugar
- 1/4 cup rum
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl, melt the margarine, then stir in the apple juice and eggs. Beat well.
Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and combine.
Stir in the mincemeat.
This recipe will make 12 medium sized muffins, so fill a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full with the batter. Or if you would like a mincemeat centre see the Tips below.
If you are adding the rum topping, do it at this step. Just mix the rum and sugar together, and add a generous 1 to 2 tsp of the mixture to the top of each muffin.
Bake for 20 minutes.
After they have cooled, sprinkle with some additional plain sugar or vanilla sugar.
If you want an extra bite of mincemeat, you can make a mincemeat centre. To do this, add 1/3 cup of the batter to the bottom of the muffin cup, then add a generous tablespoon of mincemeat, then top off with the remaining 1/3 cup of batter. Bake as directed above.