I don’t like the traditional recipe with suet (not that I could buy suet here anyway) so I always make a cooked version based on apples.
You peel and chop 3lbs of apples and cook them in a pint of cider with zest and juice of an orange and a lemon. Once it comes to the boil, simmer for 10 minutes.
Then add 2lbs of mixed dried fruit, 1lb brown sugar and 3 teaspoons of mixed spice (more if you like). Once the sugar has melted, leave to cook gently for another 15 to 20 minutes.
Spoon into jars and leave for at least two weeks before using.
I made a double quantity as most of my friends and neighbours like coming round for mincepies.
It’s a shame my pastry is a bit hit and miss though.