gluten-free - dairy-free - refined-sugar free -
can be preservative and additive free - egg free - nut free
Christmas is my favourite time of the year- I love the hot weather, the anticipation of good things coming, the excitement of the kids, the gatherings with family and friends, the opportunity to focus on giving and generosity.
If you can get this made a few weeks (or months!) before Christmas, it tastes so much better! I make this fruit mince every year and make a couple of big batches of gluten free mince tarts, and my in-laws have an Aussie Christmas tradition of making a frozen Christmas Pudding rather than a boiled one. I use this fruit mince and make one frozen pudding with dairy free ice cream for those of us that need it, and another with regular ice cream for everyone else.
You don't have to follow the exact mix of fruit that I use. If there's something you don't like, replace it with more of something that you do. Just stick to the overall quantities.
I always try to use organic dried fruit, as it doesn't contain preservatives. It's almost impossible to find dried cranberries or glace cherries that don't have additives and preservatives, so if anyone in your family is sensitive to these, leave them out. You could try replacing them with gogi berries if you want something red in your mince.
There is extra sweetness and moisture added to the mince with some jam. I always use fruit-juice sweetened jam that is refined sugar free. Most supermarkets carry at least one brand of this. If you don't like, or can't eat, citrus peel, try using apricot jam rather than marmalade.
If alcohol is not your thing, other than the fact that you have my commiserations (!), try replacing it with grape juice.
So, take my advice- get out there and buy your favourite mix of dried fruit then get it 'brewing' in the fridge as soon as possible. You can thank me for it later!