Who knows how this pudding got it’s name, but it’s been the butt of jokes for years and years. Despite the name it’s really just a fairly simple steamed pudding, which tastes good, especially served with custard. This traditional recipe uses a pudding cloth for the cooking, but it can also be made in a pudding basin.
I’ve always wondered why this is called Mincemeat when it obviously doesn’t have any meat in it, but as you can see from this very old recipe it’s been called that for a long time. Mum used to make a batch each Christmas for her fruit mince pies and while buying them from the supermarket is not a lot easier now, they somehow don’t have the same flavor.