Mincemeat & apple shortcake slice

This recipe is based on one my Mum has been making for years, only she makes it in the summer with a filling of strawberry jam and fresh strawberries. A couple of years ago I had the (genius) idea to create a winter version using grated apple and mincemeat and it is super delish! Once I also put cubes of marzipan in there too. Mmmmmm.

I actually baked this back in December, when I couldn’t face making another tray of mince pies, but it strikes me that it would be a great way to use up any half-finished jars of mincemeat you have lurking in the fridge. The recipe is pretty forgiving, so if you don’t have quite enough mincemeat you could bolster it with jam or marmalade, or more apple, or whatever comes to hand. 

The finished texture is quite biscuity, rather than cakey, which I quite like. It’s very good in thin slices, with a cup of tea. Just don’t be too tempted to dunk, as I was – it collapsed into my cup and I had to fish the soggy remains out with a spoon. Oops. 

I also discovered that a thicker slice, warmed in the microwave and served with cream or custard, makes a very acceptable dessert. 

You could probably kid yourself that the apple in this means it’s a healthy option, but to be honest, if you’re spending January in detox mode, probably best to postpone making this. Just as well mincemeat seems to keep in the fridge indefinitely! Put this easy and delicious mincemeat slice on the list for next month 🙂

Makes one loaf, which probably cuts into around 12 slices – depending on how thickly (or otherwise) you slice them.

 mincemeat & apple shortcake slice

Mincemeat & apple shortcake slice
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
2309 calories
322 g
433 g
103 g
32 g
61 g
703 g
96 g
141 g
4 g
34 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2309
Calories from Fat 903
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 103g
Saturated Fat 61g
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 28g
Cholesterol 433mg
Sodium 96mg
Total Carbohydrates 322g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 141g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 115g butter or margarine
  2. 115g caster sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 225g plain flour
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1 apple
  7. 5-6 tbsp mincemeat (approx. half a 400g jar)
  8. 1-2 tsp demerara sugar - optional
  9. 1-2 tsp flaked almonds - optional
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale. Beat in the egg then fold in the flour and baking powder to give a soft dough. Divide the dough into two balls, wrap in clingfilm, and put one in the fridge and one in the freezer.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a loaf tin with baking parchment and set aside.
  3. Remove the core from the apple and grate the rest into a bowl.
  4. Remove the ball of dough from the fridge. Unwrap and press into the bottom of the prepared loaf tin. Squash down with your knuckles into an even layer.
  5. Spread the mincemeat over, then sprinkle with the grated apple.
  6. Remove the dough from the freezer. Either grate it over the top, or else squash it into a rectangle the same size as the tin (easiest between two sheets of parchment) and place over the filling.
  7. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar and almonds, if using, and bake in the preheated oven at 180C for around 45 minutes until risen and golden.
  8. Allow to cool in the tin, then remove, slice and serve!
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Oh, if you live in a place where ready-made mincemeat is hard to come by, so finding half a leftover jar for this recipe is likely to be problematic, you could try making your own. This recipe at the Free From Fairy looks lovely, and is gluten, dairy, egg and nut-free. 

mincemeat & apple shortcake slice

I’m entering this delicious fruity bake into this month’s Love Cake challenge over at JibberJabber, which is on the theme of Feeling Fruity. 
I’m also entering it into Credit Crunch Munch, as the ingredients are all pretty low cost or leftovers. Credit Crunch Munch is hosted by Helen at FussFreeFlavours and Camilla at FabFood4All.
Since it enabled me to use up half a jar of mincemeat, this recipe has to go in the No Waste Food Challenge, hosted this month by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.
And finally, I’m entering it in Casa Costello’s Bake of the Week.




  1. Your comments about the healthy option CrAcKeD me up!

  2. What a great idea, I love to see well-tried family favourites. You always know they are going to be good.

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  5. This is proper winter comfort cake, this is! Love it! Thank you for sharing with the no waste food challenge 🙂

  6. nessjibberjabberuk

    I love mincemeat and bought several jars at 5p recently. I’ll have to show this to my husband as he’s a mincement fiend too! Thanks for linking up.

    • Someone else mentioned 5p mincemeat recently – I guess the supermarkets really want rid of their spare stock! I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on any…

  7. Oh wow, these flavours sound amazing – You are one of my featured Bakes of the Week – Thanks so much for joining in x

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  9. Wow, I have never seen a shortbread slice before – it reminds me of a Veinnese Whirl which I love:-) Thank you for your fabulous thrifty entry to #CreditCrunchMunch:-)

  10. Love this, looks so comforting – and what a great use for that annoying end of jar mincemeat! Must remember not to dunk it into tea…

  11. This looks wonderful. I’ve collected a lot of recipes that will use up mincemeat but this is definitely one of my favourites =)

  12. Oooh. I have loads of homemade mincemeat left from Christmas and I MUST try this. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  13. Ah thank you so very much for linking to my mincemeat recipe. You have really made my day! If I hadn’t just used up the last of it in an apple and mincemeat layered crumble I would have tried your recipe out. It looks and sounds delicious!

  14. Ah great idea for leftover mincemeat. I have a few jars of homemade left lurking!

  15. Oh gosh this looks absolutely fantastic! I have to admit that it would have never occurred to me to use mincemeat like this – FAB!

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