Pear and Fig Mincemeat

Christmas Mincemeat Recipe

Used in a variety of recipes – though primarily, Mince Pies – in December every house has at least one jar of mincemeat at any time. Usually a blend of poor quality brandy and mixed dried fruit, shop bought mincemeat is much of a muchness. This Pear and Fig Mincemeat is different, and is sure to give your mince pies an edge this Christmas.

Packed full of sweet pears, sticky dried figs and luxurious whisky, this homemade mincemeat brings new flavours to the Christmas table, while staying festive and spicy. The tiny seeds within the figs contribute too, bestowing a rather pleasing visual element and intriguing textural difference.

Recipe for Fig and Pear Mincemeat Recipe for Christmas Mincemeat

As with my previous recipe for mincemeat, this rendition contains no butter or suet, making for a light, pleasant and absolutely vegan preserve. Mincemeat can all too often weigh its casing down, laced with too much fat and calories already present in the pastry.

Obviously you’d like to eat more than one – Santa certainly would – and removing heavy, claggy element makes doing so more pleasant. There might even be room for three (and a glass of port).

For some great ideas about how to use your mincemeat in different ways, check out my recipes for Mince Pie Cake and Marzipan Mince Pies…

Pear and Fig Mincemeat

Makes 6 Jars


  • 2 pears
  • 150g glace cherries
  • 150g mixed peel
  • 250g dried figs
  • 200g sultanas
  • 250g raisins
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 200ml blended whisky
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


  1. Finely slice and dice the fruit, cherries and dried fruit. You can use a food processor to quickly chop the dried fruit if you’re short on time.
  2. Pop the prepared fruit into a large mixing bowl and tip in the zest of two oranges, juice of one orange, juice of the lemon, the sugar, whisky, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Combine everything thoroughly.
  3. Cover the top of the bowl and leave to stand for at least three days, but ideally as long as possible. Make sure that you give it a little mix each day – this will ensure that the fruit absorbs all of the alcohol.

Cost: Using 200ml of whisky in your mincemeat may seem like an extravagance, but we’re not talking about your 30 year old prize single malt here.

Using an off-the-shelf blended whisky, or similar, you could easily produce these 6 jars of delicious Pear and Fig Mincemeat for as little as £8, or little more than £1.30 per jar.

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25 comments on “Pear and Fig Mincemeat

  1. Cathy
    November 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    This sounds delicious, I will definitely be making this mincemeat.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you, Cathy. Please do, – it’s simple and delicious.

  2. angelica | table twenty eight
    November 27, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I really want to give this a go, as I’ve never made fruit mince before. I’m also intrigued by the idea of producing a batch of traditional mincemeat, made with actual mince, as Hugh F-W did in one episode of River Cottage…

    • frugalfeeding
      December 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      I’m intrigued by that, but not sure either. One for next Christmas perhaps. It would certainly cause a stir.

  3. francesca
    November 28, 2014 at 10:39 am

    This made me so excited for Christmas! My mister’s English mum makes mincedmeat pies for the holidays 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      December 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Then it had the desired effect! There’s a lot of mince pies in England. I’ll be making some soon.

  4. Frugal Hausfrau
    November 28, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Now I don’t know which one to make~:)

  5. Marlene Cornelis
    November 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    This looks like it needs to be on my holiday table this year! I’m sharing it with my readers, via a link to your blog, in my Life, Inspired column today.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Excellent! Thank you very much for the share.

  6. thekalechronicles
    November 30, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I’m sure this is better than any mincemeat I have ever had — my mother used to make the old-fashioned kind with suet. The pears sound like a lovely addition, not to mention the whiskey.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      I like suet mincemeat, but prefer it without. My grandmother always used suet. Nothing like a slosh of whisky!

  7. Karen
    December 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I love mincemeat and it wouldn’t be Christmas without using it in one form or another. I still have quite a few pears from the trees in our orchard in the basement and this sounds like a terrific way of using some of them.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Yes, that sounds perfect. I hope you give it a try!

  8. allythebell
    December 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Mmm, I love mincemeat, especially with pears! I bet your house smelled amazing!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      OH it really did! I can’t wait to get mulling!

  9. Tonette Joyce
    December 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I can only say…”Mmmmmmm!”

  10. Joy
    December 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    This looks gooooood. I just tried mincemeat for the first time last year (my boyfriend is English) and it was the store-bought time because we couldn’t find a simple recipe…this one looks easy peasy. And by the way, thanks for checking out a post on my blog – I appreciate it!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      My pleasure! This recipe is SO easy and ready really quickly. Give it a go next year 🙂

  11. Pauline Gascoigne
    September 22, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Could I make this early and how would one store it ..Thank you

  12. Patricia
    October 5, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I am 70+ years old and I can still remember my Grandma and Aunts homemade mincemeat. YUM! I have made it many times over the years with green tomatoes, suet and a few times with pears. I have 1 pint left. I may have to give this delicious sounding recipe a try!

  13. Pam McWilliams
    December 17, 2018 at 1:41 am

    How do you preserve it? Canning or freezing?

    • frugalfeeding
      December 17, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      I just pop it in a jar and then into the fridge!

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