Just to get you in the mood, I’ve made blackberry mincemeat for my Christmas mince pies in the past. Will do the same again as they are quite delicious!
You had to really think ahead on the home-front during WW2. Bottling hedgerow fruits during the late summer months would have enabled you to use many of those berries to make Christmas mince pies. The fruits bulked out the dried fruit which was much harder to get hold of in the quantities most housewives were used to.
This recipe comes from ‘Woman Magazine’ and makes about 3-4 jam jars or at least a large litre kilner jar and will be enough to fill 24 mince pies!
I made this today and as I had no blackberries and obviously wasn’t forward thinking like many bakers during WW2, I was able to just pop along to my local Sainsbury’s a buy a frozen basics bag of forest berries which includes blackberries. They’ve worked very well!
I tasted a spoonful before bottling and it tastes very much like a mix between traditional mincemeat…
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Ah-ha, my father’s favorite. Dad and I were the only ones who ate it (no one else was allowed near it, haha).
(PS> hope your have received a lot of visits the past 3 days. Have you been busy making visits to their blogs?)
Lol…the blackberries hardly make it back from the bushes let alone saved for anything.