Mrs. Dering's Victorian Mincemeat

Mrs. Dering's Cookbook dates from 1827. Here's her recipe for Baddesley's traditional mincemeat

Cakes and bakes
Mince pies
  • Preparation time 2 months (prep. time)
  • Serves Makes plenty of pies!


  • 8oz minced raisins
  • 8oz currants
  • 8oz granulated sugar
  • 8oz grated beef suet
  • 8oz peeled and grated apple
  • 4oz sultanas
  • 2oz candied peel
  • Half a small wine glass each of brandy and sherry
  • 1 teaspoonful each of mace, nutmeg and cinnamon
  • The juice and rind of one lemon


  1. Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl, cover and leave to stand overnight.
  2. The following morning mix thoroughly and place in jars.
  3. Leave for 1 - 2 months before using.