I am a bad, bad wife this year. I didn't make any mincemeat tarts for Mike at all. I think it might just be the first year ever in our marriage that I haven't made him mincemeat tarts. I actually feel a little bit guilty that I didn't get around to making his favorite treat that he gets only once a year. Between packing, cleaning, laundry, running around getting vehicles checked out and making a bazillion Christmas recipes for this website, I didn't have time.
Actually, now that I typed out that sentence above my little niggling feeling of guilt completely vanished. Screw guilt.
Really though, sometimes I do get caught up in making recipes for this site that are NEW! EXCITING! WOWZA! and I completely forget about family favorites. It's a very common thing when one has to constantly come up with new recipes for a living because making old recipes aren't new content that can be posted.
I did, however, get around to using mincemeat this year and while it's not tarts for Mike, he sure wasn't complaining about this recipe. (and I mean really, when he starts to complain about his poor life being married to a food blogger is the moment when he gets a good solid kick to the…)
I decided one afternoon that what I needed was a mincemeat loaf. Why I decided that I had no idea, but it sounded like a good recipe idea at the time.
This is a very tame, not too sweet loaf that definitely tastes like mincemeat. The little bits of fruit are amazing in it and between Mike and Mr K this loaf disappeared.
I literally, no word of a lie, had one bite. Those boys of mine ate it up in two days between all the meals.
It may be obviously but I'm going to say it anyway, this is for people who like mincemeat. Don't hate mincemeat then go and bake this and wonder why you hate this loaf. You have to enjoy mincemeat to enjoy this loaf.
So are you a mincemeat lover or hater? I used to like it and to be honest I'm now on the fence. Sometimes one good, yummy mincemeat tart is the best thing I've ever eaten and then other times I can't stand the smell of it. Weird, I know.Then again, I am a fruitcake lover too! Oh, next year when I'm not travelling I am making fruitcake! Real, rum soaked, boozy, maripan fruitcake!
Mmm. Rum soaked.
Thanks for stopping in everyone! I hope you are getting close to having your Christmas shopping done and getting ready to relax and enjoy your families!
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 1/4 cups jarred mincemeat
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp cream
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ginger
Beat the eggs, sugar and butter together.
Stir in the milk and mincemeat.
Combine the next 4 ingredients together and whisk.
Pour it all at once into the liquid ingredients and stir completely. Pour into a well greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degree for 50-60 minutes, until the loaf tests done.
Remove and cool for 10 minutes, then remove the loaf from the pan and continue cooling on a wire cooling rack.
Combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over the loaf once it's completely cooled.