12/12/2012 10:24 EST | Updated 02/11/2013 05:12 EST

Blueberry mincemeat tarts quick to bake when company drops in over holidays

A tart filled with blueberry mincemeat has the power to convert even ardent mincemeat skeptics, and makes a sweet treat that you can quickly bake in prepared tart shells when guests arrive unexpectedly.

Blueberry Mincemeat

300 ml (1 1/4 cups) sultana raisins

300 ml (1 1/4 cups) golden raisins

125 ml (1/2 cup) dried cranberries

125 ml (1/2 cup) mixed candied citrus peel

125 ml (1/2 cup) brown sugar

125 ml (1/2 cup) margarine or butter

5 ml (1 tsp) grated lemon rind (yellow part only)

30 ml (2 tbsp) brandy

15 ml (1 tbsp) lemon juice

5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon

2 ml (1/2 tsp) ground cloves

2 ml (1/2 tsp) ground ginger

2 ml (1/2 tsp) ground nutmeg

1 l (4 cups) blueberries, fresh or frozen

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except blueberries.

Stir in blueberries and let mixture sit overnight in the refrigerator to let flavours combine and raisins to plump.

If not using immediately, pack into sterilized jars and process, or freeze.

To use, spoon mixture into purchased or homemade tart or pie shells, filling two-thirds full. If desired, decorate with extra pieces of pastry cut into shapes. Bake in the bottom third of a 190 C (375 F) oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until pastry is lightly browned (a single-crust pie will take at least 10 minutes longer).

Makes about 1.75 l (7 cups) of mincemeat mixture.

Source: BC Blueberries.