It’s the holiday season! I don’t know how it came so fast, but I’m sure happy that it did! I absolutely love this time of year…everything about it…the lights, the trees, the weather and the baking. Oh the baking! There’s just not enough time in this season to get it all in! But trust me I try! This year I’m loving mincemeat. Mincemeat, mincemeat, mincemeat! For those who may not know what mincemeat is let me explain…it’s waaaaay better than it sounds, trust me. I never used to even touch the stuff…I always bypassed the the treat plates with anything mincemeat, but now I’m a changed woman! I love the stuff! It’s versatile and goes with so many things.
So what exactly is mincemeat? “Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits and spices, and sometimes beef suet, beef, or venison. Originally, mincemeat always contained meat. Many modern recipes contain beef suet, though vegetable shortening is sometimes used in its place.” (Wikipedia) The mincemeat that I buy is a 5 fruit blend (with no meat), and it contains apples, raisins, currants, orange & lemon peels, rum, brandy and molasses, as well as a number of different spices. It’s kind of like a pie filling…in fact, mincemeat is most often used in pies. I always buy my mincemeat at our local grocery store, but you should be able to find in almost anywhere (Superstore, Safeway, Walmart), and it comes either in jars or cans in the baking aisle. It’s good stuff I tell you! 😉 Recently I made some Mincemeat Oatmeal Thumbprint cookies, and this past weekend I made these Mincemeat Muffins.
These muffins are so scrumptious. They’re moist, spicy and so festive! And they’re a great way to use up any leftover mincemeat that you may have. I don’t know about you, but I always end up with half a jar leftover, so these are a great way to use it up! Go ahead and try them! I don’t think you will be disappointed! Serve them up with a cup of tea or coffee…yum!
Mincemeat Muffins You don't have to add the rum topping. These are very good either way.
If you want an extra bite of mincemeat, you can make a mincemeat center. To do this, add 1/3 cup of the batter to the bottom of the muffin cup, then add a generous tablespoon of mincemeat, then top off with the remaining 1/3 cup of batter. Bake as directed above.
You don't have to add the rum topping. These are very good either way.
Delish and so festive!