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Pear mincemeat

  • 1.25kg (2 3/4 lb) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3.75kg (8 lb) pears - peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 large orange - quartered with peel
  • 1 lemon - quartered and pips removed
  • 1 tart apple - peeled, cored and chopped
  • 150g (5 oz) dried apricots, chopped
  • 225ml (8 fl oz) white grape juice
  • 225ml (8 fl oz) cider vinegar
  • 425g (15 oz) sultanas
  • 375g (13 oz) dried currants
  • In a large pot, combine the sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and salt. Mix well. Into the same pot, add the pear, orange, lemon, apple and apricot. Mash together.
  • Stir in the grape juice, vinegar, sultanas and currants. Bring to the boil over medium heat, stirring often. Simmer, uncovered, until thick.