Get ready to dive into a world of flavours with Maria's Pressure Cooker Christmas Mincemeat recipe!
Step-by-step instructions that make cooking a breeze. You'll be left with a delicious treat and a kitchen full of the festive flavours.
Ready for mince pies and Christmas baking.
Other Christmas recipes you may like include Pressure Cooker Christmas Pudding and, if you forget to soak the dried fruit for your Christmas Pudding or Christmas cake, I've got the perfect method to quickly soak it in your pressure cooker.
Before you start your recipe, make sure your Instant Pot is super clean and maintained to reach pressure using my Deep Clean Method.
Pressure Cooker Christmas Mincemeat
- 1 Pressure Cooker
- 1 Grater or food processor
- 250 g soft dark brown sugar
- 250 ml orange juice you could also use cider or something else boozy
- 500 g cooking apples grated, I used Bramley apples and the food processor to grate them
- 1 orange peel basically the peel / zest of one orange
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 stick ground cinnamon use the same one as for my cranberry sauce, be thrifty
- ¼ teaspoon ground coriander heaped
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg or try to finely grate it fresh with a microplane if you can
- ¼ teaspoon ground mace heaped
- 500 g dried mixed fruit
- 50 g glacé cherries roughly chopped
- 75 g dried cranberries don't chop
- ½ whole lemon zested and juiced
- 75 g almond flakes
- ¼ teaspoon ginger ground or freshly grated
After pressure cooking
- 6 tablespoon rum or brandy or cointreau, port, amaretto, disaronno... or whatever booze you have or your tastebuds are telling you would go well! I used rum and it worked great! It was a cheap Spiced Rum bottle from Aldi. You don't even need to use alcohol at all if you don't want to
- Heat the sugar and orange juice on low until the sugar has dissolved.250 ml orange juice, 250 g soft dark brown sugar
- Stir the in the grated apple.500 g cooking apples
- Stir in the the rest of the ingredients except the rum.1 orange peel, ½ teaspoon ground allspice, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 stick ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground coriander, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ground mace, 500 g dried mixed fruit, 50 g glacé cherries, 75 g dried cranberries, ½ whole lemon, 75 g almond flakes, ¼ teaspoon ginger
- Check that sealing ring is properly in place and that there is no debris on the rim of the cooker. Steam release set to Sealing.
- Pressure cook 0 minutes. NPR 30 mins. You can leave it on keep warm or switch off at the socket and set a timer for 30 minutes. It will release pressure without using electricity.
- Add 6 tablespoons of rum or alcohol of your choice6 tablespoon rum
- Set to a low sauté for a few minutes to reduce and evaporate the alcohol, stir regularly. Leave the lid off. You could also set to slow cook for 1 hour or so, leave the lid slightly ajar so that the alcohol evaporates.
- It’ll look like there’s a lot of liquid at the beginning but it soon thickens. Too much liquid? Get a ladle, remove some into a cup, enjoy as a drink 😉
- Have a taste, does it need extra spices for your taste? Which ones? Add them little by little during this time. Note: I don't usually like mincemeat and I love THIS one because I made it to my taste. So I want you to be ready with the spices at this step and keep tasting and adjusting them to YOUR tastebuds. Think to yourself: what should I add, get the family involved, have fun!
- Store in sterilised jars. Discard the cinnamon stick. I don't trust my preserving skills so I store in the fridge and use in mince pies, add to your morning porridge, any Christmas baking or eat by the spoonful. Add to whatever you want but mainly enjoy!
Why pressure cook Mincemeat this Christmas
Not only does the dried fruit plump up beautifully but pressure cooking it infuses the festive flavours into it. Developing a delicious Christmas taste and filling your kitchen with the spirit of Christmas. Get the festive tunes on!
This means you can easily use it straight away if you're making it at the last minute and don't have time to mature it.
Example of dried fruit and rum
This is the dried fruit I used and the rum, both from Aldi so nothing too expensive and you don't need much of the rum either so it will go a long way for recipes
Other liqueurs / alcohol drinks you could use:
- amaretto (e.g Disaronno)
Can I make it without the alcohol?
Of course you can, the flavour will be a bit different but play with those spices and flavours.
If NOT using alcohol is important to you, stick to it.
Can I make it ahead?
Indeed. In fact, try to make it at least a couple of weeks ahead and have it in the fridge ready to go. With this method the flavours already weld wonderfully but extra time to mature will only help.
1. Dissolve sugar in the liquid
2. Stir in the grated apple
3. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the rum
4. Check that sealing ring is properly in place and that there is no debris on the rim of the cooker. Steam release set to Sealing.
5. Pressure cook. Leave it be for 30 minutes after pressure cooking finishes.
6. Add the rum
Use in your favourite Christmas Baking recipes
How much does it make?
It makes a lot! You can make minimum 24 mince pies but probably double that! Think of it as at least 2 standard jars from the shops, probably more
Hope all this information is helpful,