Vegan Mincemeat – Slow Cooker Mince Pie Filling

December 18, 2020Sew White

The great thing about yummy mince pies is that you can really easy make the mince pies vegan if you make the mincemeat at home. In this Christmas slow cooker vegan mincemeat, I have created delicious slow cooker mincemeat which still tastes exactly like regular mincemeat but without any meat products. I can’t wait to make another batch of vegan mince pies!

There are so many ways to make mincemeat for Christmas. There are so many different versions some with nuts, some with different alcohol, some with fresh cranberries, some with marzipan… the list goes on. However I always wondered how to make vegan mincemeat for my vegan friends for our Christmas parties. I normally make cranberry mincemeat each Christmas but this year I wanted to see how easy it would be to make slow cooker vegan mincemeat.

Having made mincemeat a few times I knew the basic set of ingredients and could see how easy it would be to make the mincemeat vegan and not lose any of the powerful and delicious flavour.

Unlike the Jamie Oliver mincemeat recipe I do cook the mincemeat to melt down the fats and really boost the flavour. It’s only in the slow cooker for a short time and I think this little bit of heat well changes the finished vegan mincemeat for the best.

How can I use up apples?

fresh apples from the garden

This year I moved into my new house and there is a great apple tree in the garden. I gave loads away, ate loads at the time for crumbles and cakes but I still had so many left. To keep them lasting longer, I popped them in a box so they would be in the dark and left in the cool garage. I checked on them each week and removed any on the turn. Four months later and they were still as fresh and crisp as the day they were picked. The magic of apples!

Using apples to make mincemeat is a great way to use up apples and keep them going even longer. Now they are cooked in to the mincemeat and in jars they will last easily a year if not longer. (If kept somewhere cool and out of sunlight). Making this recipe has been a great way to use up apples in a way that makes them last even longer.

What is mincemeat?

Mincemeat is the filling to the traditional English mince pies. A sweet pastry dish with dried fruit, spices and brandy filling. It’s a staple treat of Christmas and although you can buy them in every single supermarket and bakery in the run-up to Christmas, it is so lovely to make at home. Plus it is so easy to make, as when you make the slow cooker mincemeat you can easily make it in bulk and pop a few jars in the pantry for later.

How long does vegan mincemeat last?

The vegan mincemeat will last for a year at least if kept unopened and in a cool dark place. It is a great jar to have at the back of the pantry for when mince pies pop into your head.

Are mince pies vegan?

Traditional mince pies aren’t vegan as they use beef suet. The suet adds the fat which helps preserve the mix and helps hold the flavour of the mixed fruit and brandy too.

Luckily it is easy to turn mince pies vegetarian and vegan friendly. You only need to replace the suet with vegetarian suet which is made of vegetables and grain.

close up of vegan mincemeat in a kilner jar after being cooked in the slow cooker.

Why is mincemeat called mincemeat when there’s no meat in it?

The reason mincemeat has the word meat in it, is because that’s exactly what used to be in it. It used to be a large savoury pie made with mutton, beef, rabbit, pork or game. It would have spices and chopped up fruit to add flavour. They were first made in the middle ages and have changes into the small bite size sweet pie we know and love today.

Why is there suet in mincemeat?

The reason suet is used in mincemeat is not only to help preserve the mincemeat so it can be stored for longer. The suet also adds an ingredient which helps bind the mincemeat together. It also adds a texture to the finished mincemeat which makes it so iconic.

Do Americans eat mince pies?

Mince pies might not be so popular in America as they are in England but with the internet and expats popping up all over the USA they are starting to be more popular on American tables over the festive period.

Why is a mince pie called a mince pie?

Mince pies are called mince pies because the traditional England recipes included mincemeat. So they originally were called mincemeat pies and were then shortened to mince pie.

What is mincemeat pie filling made of?

Mincemeat is made of a lot of ingredients and it can seem daunting when you see the ingredient list for the recipe that it will be hard to make. I promise you it is so easy to make. For vegan mincemeat you will need

  • 500 g apples
  • 800 g mixed dried fruit
  • 40 g candid peel (only add if your mixed fruit doesn’t have it inside the mix)
  • 100 g dried apricots
  • 100 g glace cherries
  • 60 g preserved ginger in syrup
  • 50 g chopped almonds
  • 250 g vegetable suet (I used Atora brand)
  • 225 g dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 Lemons (zest and juice)
  • 2 Oranges (zest and juice)
  • 175 ml Brandy

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How to make Vegan Mincemeat – step by step

Apples in a slow cooker

Peel, core and finely chop the apples. Pop them in the slow cooker.

mixed berries being added to the apple in the slow cooker to make vegan mincemeat

Add in the dried mixed fruit (and candied peel if your mixed fruit doesn’t have it in it).

chopped apricots on a wooden board

Chop up the dried apricots and add them to the slow cooker.

glacé cherries in the mincemeat mix

Chop up the cherries and add them to the mix.

Remove the preserved ginger from the syrup then chop up and add to the mix.

chopped almonds in the vegan mincemeat mix.

Stir in the chopped almonds.

Add in the vegetable suet.

Add the dark brown soft sugar.

mixed spices, cinnamon, cloves added to the vegan mincemeat

Measure out and add all the spices.

Zest and juice the oranges and limes. Stir it in to the mix.

Add the brandy and give it all a really good stir.

Pop the slow cooker on high and leave the mix for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes to make sure it’s all gorgeously mushing together. It will smell incredible.

vegan mincemeat after being cooked in the slow cooker for an hour.
Finished vegan mincemeat in the glass kilner jars

After an hour, give it a good stir and gently pour the vegan mincemeat mix into the jars. Add the lids and allow to cool. The jars will be really hot so bea careful.

What is different in vegan mince pie filling from normal mince filling?

In my recipe for vegan mince pie filling I only change one ingredient to make this mincemeat vegan. So the ingredient that changes in the suet is the only thing that is different in vegan mince pie filling from normal mince filling. In normal mince pie filling mix the mincemeat is made with beef suet. In this recipe I have swapped it out for the vegetable alternative. It does change the mix ever so slightly but you wouldn’t notice at all on a taste test.

Vegan mincemeat pie

Why not turn vegan mince pies into one vegan mincemeat pie! A giant mince pie will be a great centre piece for a Christmas dessert. You don’t need to do anything different than you would for a simple normal size mince pie. You will just need a big dish to cook them in. A pie dish will work really well. Use short crust pastry. You might need two batches or two rolls from the supermarket. Once for the top upper crust of the pies and one for the bottom crust of the pies.

What brandy do you use for mince pies?

To make my mince pies I use the Waitrose three year old French brandy. It’s a smallish bottle and was about £7. For mince pies you don’t need the most expensive brandy as the flavours of everything in the vegan mincemeat mix will add to it and make it delicious. This Waitrose French brandy has a soft and mellow taste while retaining that iconic brandy smell and taste. It is a lovely addition to the mincemeat.

If you don’t want to use brandy in your mincemeat you can replace it with the same amount of orange juice.

Vegan mince pies UK 2020

Of course most supermarkets now have vegan options for Christmas. However the vegan mince pies from Tesco, vegan mince pies from Waitrose and other supermarkets are nice. There is nothing better in flavour and joy than making your own vegan mince pies at home. I have found the flavour of the slow cooker mincemeat is so much richer and of course can be tailor made for the recipient. If you don’t want

How can I make my mincemeat non-alcoholic?

If you don’t like alcohol or you want to keep all your mince pies alcohol free there is an easy way to do so. In this mincemeat recipe to make vegan mince pies I have used brandy but you can replace that with orange juice. It keeps the wonderful festive flavours and removes the alcohol.

golden mixed fruit in the vegan mincemeat in a glass kilner jars after being cooked in the slow cooker

How do I sterilise jam jars?

There is a quick way and slightly longer way to sterilise jam jars. Either way add the mincemeat to the jars when both are still hot. This will stop the risk of the jars breaking.

The quick way is to put the jars and lids in the dishwasher on a quick hot cycle. The heat will also dry the jars so you can’t adding your mix into damp jars.

The slightly longer way is to wash up the jars and lids in the sink with hot soapy water. Give them a rinse and pop them in the oven at 100ºC for 20 minutes. The heat will dry the jars without having to use a cloth. It helps keep the centre of the jars clean.

How many jars will this make?

This recipe will make 2 litres of vegan mincemeat. I used 2 large litre clip lock jars as I will be using a lot each time. If you want to make these for a Christmas gifts I would recommend using 454ml jars. This size will be enough to make a good 24 mince pies.

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Vegan Mincemeat – Slow Cooker Recipe

Sisley White
The great thing about yummy mince pies is that you can really easy make the mince pies vegan if you make the mincemeat at home. In this Christmas slow cooker vegan mincemeat, I have created delicious slow cooker mincemeat which still tastes exactly like regular mincemeat but without any meat products. I can't wait to make another batch of vegan mince pies!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Preserves
Cuisine British, English
Servings 2 litres
Calories 2443 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • Peeler
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients
 
 

  • 500 g apples (eating or cooking apples both work. A mix is nice but I often just eating apples)
  • 800 g mixed dried fruit
  • 40 g candid peel (only add if your mixed fruit doesn't have it inside the mix)
  • 100 g dried apricots
  • 100 g glace cherries
  • 60 g preserved ginger in syrup
  • 50 g chopped almonds
  • 250 g vegetable suet (I used Atora brand)
  • 225 g dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 Lemons (zest and juice)
  • 2 Oranges (zest and juice)
  • 175 ml Brandy

Instructions
 

  • Peel, core and finely chop the apples. Pop them in the slow cooker.
  • Add in the dried mixed fruit (and candied peel if your mixed fruit doesn't have it in it).
  • Chop up the dried abricots and add them to the slow cooker.
  • Chop up the cherries and add them to the mix.
  • Remove the preserved ginger from the syrup then chop up and add to the mix.
  • Stir in the chopped almonds.
  • Add in the vegetable suet.
  • Add the dark brown soft sugar.
  • Measure out and add all the spices.
  • Zest and juice the oranges and limes. Stir it in to the mix.
  • Add the brandy and give it all a really good stir.
  • Pop the slow cooker on high and leave the mix for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes to make sure it's all gorgeously mushing together. It will smell incredible.
  • While the slow cooker is on prepare and sterilise the jars are you going to use to store it. (Check out my post above for how to sterilise them.)
  • After an hour, give it a good stir and gently pour the vegan mincemeat mix into the jars. Add the lids and allow to cool. The jars will be really hot so bea careful.
  • The mincemeat will last about 1 year, if not more when kept in a cool dark place and left unopened.

Notes

•The mincemeat will last in its jar for about a year or so when kept unopened in a dark cool place. It is a perfect pantry item.
•Makes great gifts and can be used in a range of Christmas dishes.

Nutrition

Calories: 2443kcalCarbohydrates: 544gProtein: 24gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 110mgPotassium: 4281mgFiber: 61gSugar: 432gVitamin A: 2272IUVitamin C: 144mgCalcium: 964mgIron: 13mg
Keyword Slow Cooker, Slow Cooker Mincemeat, Vegan Mince Pie Filling, vegan mince pies, vegan mincemeat
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2 Comments

  • Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    December 21, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    This looks absolutely flavour packed and I love that you’ve not been shy with the brandy too!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      December 22, 2020 at 5:36 pm

      Oh absolutely not! Can’t be shy with that key ingredient.

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