You will need a pretty large mixing bowl for this. I also recommend having a number of smallish children with scissors on hand.
In the bowl put
1 lb of cranberries-a mixture of fresh and dried is good.
8oz or three big cooking apples peeled and diced.
2lb of dried mixed fruit; try to use at least some pretty good quality stuff.
Then get some dried prunes, dried apricots, dried pineapple, dried papaya and any other dried exotic fruit you fancy and get your children to cup them into small bits and add a 1 lbs worth to the bowl.
Pour in a packet of suet (about 8 oz) and stir it all in together.
Heaped teaspoon of Allspice.
teaspoon of Sweet/Mixed Spice
a generous shake of paprika and a little ginger.
a teaspoon of cinnamon – unless you are going to use After Shock.
Add a cup of lemon juice and a cup and half of orange juice. If you want to you can add a generous splash of After Shock which is a cinnamon liqueur and works very well here or brandy if you prefer.
To sweeten: if you have some at a reasonable price you can pour in a bit of maple syrup and 12 heaped dessert spoons of soft brown sugar or if no maple syrup add another couple of spoons of sugar.
Stir it all in well and leave for a day or more to steep.
You can slow cook this for a couple of hours to melt the suet through before putting in sterile jars or go straight to making mince pies.
If you want to make mince pie crackers use filo pastry and roll up around mince meat filling or better still mincemeat and a small dollop of mascapone. Scrunch the ends of the pastry like crackers and brush with melted butter. Bake for 10 mins at gas mark 6.