Do you ever have an annoying bit of mincemeat left in the bottom of the jar post Christmas? These leftover mincemeat buns provide a solution. They’re quick and easy to make and are really tasty too. In fact, many will argue they are nicer than mince pies.
Looking around my kitchen the other day (well more like the other week), two items caught my eye. An opened jar containing some chocolate mincemeat leftover from the mincemeat slices I’d made a few days earlier and one lost languishing banana which was about to expire. It was obvious there was no time to spare, I needed to use them quickly.
Leftover Mincemeat Buns
What could I do, but make some leftover banana and mincemeat buns. I based my recipe on some mincemeat buns I created a couple of years ago in order to thank our lovely neighbours who take in our parcels with monotonous regularity and never complain.
The banana is entirely optional. I’ve made it both with and without. Both are good. The deciding factor is if I have a banana lying around that needs using up. It may well be the same for you. I also have a recipe for fig and mincemeat buns, but they were more to do with leftover cake mixture rather than leftover mincemeat.
The buns rise well and have a fabulous crumb structure. And more to the point, they’re very tasty. Even CT likes these and he is not a mincemeat fan.
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Leftover Mincemeat Buns – The Recipe
Leftover Mincemeat Buns with Optional Banana
- 125 g unsalted butter - softened
- 125 g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
- 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
- 1 banana - mashed (optional)
- 125 g flour (half wholemeal, half plain)
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 4 tbsp mincemeat (I used chocolate mincemeat)
- Cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.
- Break in the eggs, one by one, beating well between each egg.
- Beat in the mashed banana, if using, until well combined.
- Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, discarding any particularly large pieces of bran left in the sieve.
- Stir in the mincemeat.
- Spoon into 10 muffin cases, unless you add the banana. In which case spoon into 12 muffin cases.
- Bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 15 minutes until risen and golden.
Using up leftovers and homemade leftovers at that, as well as rescuing a banana from the compost heap gives these simple buns the necessary kudos to be entered into Credit Crunch Munch with Camilla of FabFood4All and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours.
This month’s Family Foodies is all about getting something prepared fast – fast as in under 30 minutes. Well I reckon as long as your butter is soft and your ingredients handy, you could get these mincemeat muffins prepared in ten minutes allowing them 20 minutes to bake. I’ve also managed to get a healthy banana in their as well as lots of dried fruit and dark chocolate. Hosted alternately by Bangers & Mash and Eat Your Veg.