I was struggling with the ‘We should Cocoa’ challenge for November, just how should I combine chocolate and apples? I thought about a chocolate apple cake, stewed apples with chocolate custard, chocolate covered apples. But none of these ideas really appealed, what did appeal was Dark Chocolate Mincemeat.
However, I was lucky enough to win Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet from The Chocolate Log Blog (co-host of We should Cocoa) and my copy arrived this week. Flipping through all the lovely recipes and excellent photographs and I stumbled upon a recipe for ‘Dark Rich Mincemeat’. Maybe it was the name that did it, dark and rich conjures up CHOCOLATE to me and it got me wondering what it would be like to include some dark chocolate IN the mincemeat.
Mixing the Dark Chocolate into the Mincemeat
I’m also entering this for Vanessa Kimbell’s “Let’s Make Christmas”.
Recipe for Dark Chocolate Mincemeat
Dark Chocolate Mincemeat
Christmas Mincemeat (dried fruits, apples and butter) with added chocolate. Inspired by Dan Lepard's Dark rich mincemeat in Short and SweetPrint Pin Rate
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 lb jars
- 2 dessert apples peeled, cored and chopped small
- 300 g Dried raisin sultana & cranberry mix
- 100 g soft prunes stoned and chopped
- 250 ml stout or porter
- 1 medium cooking apple peeled cored and grated
- 300 g muscovado sugar
- 1 lemon grated zest and juice
- 1 tbsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 50 g butter
- 3 tbsp brandy or rum
- 100 g dark chocolate
- Add the stout or porter to a large pan with the grated cooking apple, muscovado sugar, lemon zest and juice.
- Bring to the boil, stirring and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Measure the dried fruits and other dry ingredients and put in a bowl with the chopped dessert apples.
- Add the dried fruit mixture to the pan with the butter and simmer until thick.
- Remove from the heat, leave until warm and stir in the brandy or rum. Leave to cool completely, then stir in 100g chopped dark chocolate.
Details Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 30 mins Yield: around 3lb
I haven’t made anything with it yet, but I had a little taste and it is so delicious!