Bramley Apple and Mincemeat Pudding

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Bramley Apple Mincemeat Pudding is a must at this time of year. It’s an excellent way of using up all your excess mincemeat or makes a lighter alternative to Christmas Pudding at the end of your festive feast. Both the regular flour and gluten-free recipes are listed below.

Bramley Apple and Mincemeat Pudding

If you are looking for ways to use up that jar of leftover mincemeat then look no further than this recipe.

I am a mincemeat fiend. Making the mincemeat is one of my very favourite cooking jobs to do. It fills my kitchen with the heady scent of brandy, plump fruits and warming spices.

It’s pretty telling that I have several mincemeat recipes on this blog and each one I try to make every year:

So it perhaps comes as no surprise that I usually have a lot knocking around my kitchen throughout the season. It’s an incredibly versatile festive ingredient though so don’t worry if you’ve made too much. I’ve got your covered.

I have to say though this Bramley Apple and Mincemeat Pudding is just about my favourite way to use mincemeat. The tartness of the Bramleys give a lovely contrast to the sweetness of the mincemeat. Plus, it’s:

  • Light
  • Fruity
  • Easy
  • Festive

Some Christmas desserts have the propensity to be a bit of a faff but this pudding takes moments to mix up and bake, perfect for cold nights in front of the fire.

Plus it works with every single mincemeat I’ve ever tried: shop bought or homemade, suet or suet-free.

Other recipes to use up leftover mincemeat

Alternative to Christmas Pudding

However this Bramley Apple and Mincemeat Pudding is not just the means to the end of a jar of mincemeat though. It can be an excellent dessert choice for the big day itself.

If you know you have some Christmas Pud haters at your festive feast this year then this pudding is guaranteed to be a people pleaser.

Do you need more alternatives to the traditional Christmas Pudding?

Lemon Raspberry Trifle
Chocolate Chip Clementine Christmas Pudding with Cointreau Sauce
Steamed Chocolate Pudding with Chocolate Custard
Sticky Toffee Baileys Pudding

How to Make Bramley Apple Mincemeat Pudding

1. Mix diced bramley apples with sugar, lemon zest and juice. Pour into a buttered baking dish and set aside.

2. Cream the butter and sugar.
3. Add the eggs.
4. Stir in the vanilla extract and mincemeat.
5. Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt and mix with the rest of the ingredients.
6. Stir in the milk.

7. Pour the batter on top of the apples.

8. Bake for 45 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 170°C
9. Sprinkle over caster sugar. Serve warm with custard.

Baker’s Tips

  • If you can’t get hold of Bramley Apples then any tart cooking apple will do the job.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until creamy and light which will help the sponge to lift.
  • Use medium eggs.
  • Use really good vanilla extract and the best mincemeat you can find. Homemade is especially good.
  • Place the pudding to bake in the centre of the oven to ensure even baking.

FAQ’s

  • What Size Baking Dish? 25 x 19 x 6cm
  • Make Ahead – If you want to make ahead of time to avoid the bother on Christmas Day then I recommend baking it a day or two before. Cover with foil then re-heat in the oven for 20-30 minutes just before serving.
  • How to Freeze – This pudding freezes really well too. Cool in the baking dish then double wrap well in both cling film and tin foil before freezing. Defrost thoroughly the night before then re-heat in the oven for 20-30 minutes, covered loosely with foil.

How to Make Gluten-Free Bramley Apple and Mincemeat Pudding

This recipe was developed before I became gluten-free but since I couldn’t bear to live without it once I made my lifestyle switch I quickly came up with a gluten-free version.

The recipe is exactly the same but instead of 150g plain flour, whisk up the following blend of flours:

  • 55g sweet rice flour
  • 40g oat flour
  • 30g millet flour
  • 25g almond flour

The result is amazing and just as fluffy and deeply delicious as the original recipe.

How to serve Bramley Apple and Mincemeat Pudding

  • Lashings of Custard
  • Single Cream
  • Brandy Cream
  • Ice Cream

If you make this Bramley Apple and Mincemeat Pudding then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own baking creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on Instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your versions and variations of my recipes.

My parting words: Be adventurous with your mincemeat!!

Bramley Apple and Mincemeat Pudding

Bramley Apple Mincemeat Pudding is an excellent way of using up all your excess mincemeat or makes a lighter alternative to Christmas Pudding.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 513

Ingredients

  • 2 bramley apples peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons soft light brown sugar
  • grated zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • 150 g butter
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs medium
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons mincemeat
  • 150 g plain flour *for gluten-free version see notes
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar to sprinkle

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 170°C.
  • In a large bowl mix the bramley apples with the sugar and lemon zest and juice. Pour into a buttered baking dish and set aside
  • Cream the butter and sugar for a few minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and then the mincemeat.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt then mix into the rest of the ingredients until just combined.
  • Finally stir in the milk.
  • Pour the batter on top of the apples then bake in the oven for around 45 minutes until the sponge has browned on top and an inserted toothpicks comes out clean.
  • Sprinkle over the teaspoon of caster sugar and serve with lashings of custard.

Notes

  • Bramley Apples - If you can’t get hold of Bramley Apples then any tart cooking apple will do the job.
  • Mincemeat - you can use any mincemeat but homemade tastes the most delicious
  • Baking Dish 25 x 19 x 6cm
  • Make Ahead - Bake the pudding a day or two before. Keep in the fridge. Cover loosely with foil then re-heat in the oven for 20-30 minutes just before serving.
  • How to Freeze - Cool in the baking dish then double wrap well in both cling film and tin foil before freezing. Defrost thoroughly the night before then re-heat in the oven for 20-30 minutes, covered loosely with foil.
  • Gluten-Free Version - The recipe is totally the same except instead of plain flour I use the following flours all whisked together:
    55g sweet rice flour
    40g oat flour
    30g millet flour
    25g almond flour
    The result is amazing and just as fluffy and deeply delicious as the original recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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Update Notes: This post was originally published in December 2014, but was republished with clearer instructions and tips in July 2019.

Comments

  1. Thanks – sounds delicious- can I make this up the night before and then just pop in the oven to cook while we eat main course ?

    • Actually I wouldn’t recommend preparing it in advance. Cake batter doesn’t really like to rest. However, if you would like it warm then make it completely the day before and the next day place foil over the top of the pudding and re-heat in the oven. About 180 degrees for 15 minutes.

  2. Georgina, what a gorgeous pudding! Your directions make this seem like such an easy approach, too. I would love to make this soon!

  3. Thanks Georgina – I’ll give it another go but it was still a delicious alternative at Christmas – just finished it off with custard and cream!!!!!!

  4. Made this tonight and it was delicious! May serve left overs after Christmas lunch instead of the usual heavy pud! Could I just ask why you use plain flour/baking powder instead of SR! My batter was very wet and the cake browned very quickly before cooking in the centre so I had to cover with foil, and playvaroubd with timings. Also is your temp for a fan oven? Many thanks

    • Hi Kaz, I don’t like to use self-raising flour as I like to control the amount of rise in my cakes. Also, it felt like an extra bag of flour in the cupboard that I didn’t need when the job can be done with plain flour, baking or bicarbonate of soda. That’s odd that your batter was wet, it’s usually a bit firmer. I actually can’t think why that would be. Did you use large eggs? I usually use medium, although I can’t think that would have made too much of a difference. If the batter was wet then that would explain the odd cooking time. This one is usually a very reliable recipe. No, the temp here is not for a fan oven. I’m glad you enjoyed it though, despite the issues.

  5. What a glorious Christmas morning brunch. Much too wonderful a recipe not to try NOW.

    Happy Christmas Georgina,
    will you be publishing a book any time soon?

    keep warm and continue your fab journey thru food. Jill, Canada

  6. Hi Georgina
    This sounds delicious and I intend to make it tonight. Could you give me an idea of what size the baking dish should be? Thanks

  7. Dear Georgina, this looks delicious and I have all the ingredients to hand. Do you think this dish would freeze well, once baked? Or could it freeze before baking? I like to get ahead with as much as possible and this dish would be lovely over the Christmas period, because of th Mincemeat element. Thank you. Regards, Penny

    • Hi Penny. Yes, this will freeze very well after baking. Leave it in its baking dish, then once cooled wrap well in double cling film and foil. The night before you want to serve it remove from the freezer to defrost thoroughly then re-heat in the oven for 20-30 minutes with foil loosely over the top to stop it browning further. Enjoy!!

  8. This pudding tasted wonderful and I would make it again. We don’t have Bramley apples here so I substituted Cortlands, which worked fine. I live in Canada so I had to convert the 150gm ingredients and given the outcome I think there is too much butter in the recipe. Despite having 3 eggs and 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder, the sponge did not rise as much as I expected but all that butter may have been the reason. If you have perfected the recipe for those of us across the pond, I would love to see it.

    • I’m happy the recipe worked out well for you. I’m terrible at baking in cups and sticks of butter as I just don’t quite understand how it works. I would translate 150g butter to 2/3 cup butter – I’m not sure if that’s how much you used. The sponge isn’t sky high in the original recipe as it’s definitely more of a pudding than a cake.

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