Mince pie ice cream recipe using up mince pies and mince meat

Still a few mince pies knocking about after Christmas? Use up left over mince pies and save a taste of Christmas with this mince pie ice cream recipe.


There will be quinoa, there will be tofu and there will be beansprouts. But not today.

It’s very early January and you’ve probably got a fridge full of holiday ingredients knocking about. Left over mince pies in a tin, half a jar of mince meat. A nice big ham cooked in Coca Cola in the Crockpot, half a pack of vacuum packed chestnuts, the remains of the cheeseboard. Well I’m here to give you some ideas what to do with them. And not a turkey curry in sight.

Mince pie ice cream

Use up left over mince pies in mince pie ice cream

My first suggestion is to use up left over mince pies by making this mince pie ice cream recipe. It’s a classic vanilla ice cream with the addition of crumbled left over mince pies and a dash of brandy if you please.

I have used a simple Kenwood ice cream maker with a freezable bowl. It was a gift a few years ago.  Making around 750ml of ice cream per batch my Kenwood ice cream maker has served me very well. It’s definitely a gadget I use and I never understand people who say their ice cream makers rot at the back of cupboards unused and unloved. Making your own ice cream is very easy and very satisfying. I keep my freezable bowl in the freezer at all times so I’m as ready to go as I would be with a more expensive ice cream maker.

Adding brandy to this ice cream is not essential however a glug of booze does improve the scoop-ability of home made ice cream.

Mince pie ice cream

Mince Pie Ice Cream recipe
Prep time
Total time
You will also need an ice cream maker. The sort with a bowl you put in the freezer.
  • 500ml single cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 125g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 left over mince pies, crumbled
  • 50g mincemeat
  • 2 tbsp brandy (optional)
  1. Half fill the sink with cold water.
  2. Heat the cream in a medium size saucepan until it's about to come to the boil then turn down. Add the vanilla extract and spices and orange juice.
  3. In another pan, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and creamy. Stir in the cream mixture beating all the while and then returning to a low to moderate heat. Stir continuously for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Stand the pan in the sink of cold water and continue to stir vigorously.
  5. When it is cold, churn in an ice cream maker for around 45 minutes.
  6. Finally tip your ice cream into a tub for freezing. Before placing in the freezer, stir in the crumbled mince pies and mincemeat with a spoon, spreading the fruit throughout the whole of the ice cream. Also at this point, if you are adding brandy, stir that in now.
  7. Freeze for at least several hours before serving.
Some booze added to homemade ice cream does make it awfully easier to scoop out later!

If you don’t have any left over mince pies you could use up just mincemeat on its own (around 100g).



  1. Morwenna Ellis-Philips says

    Mmm sounds and looks delish! I think I will make this for next weekend as I still have about 1kg of homemade mincemeat to use up. Thanks for the idea xoxo

  2. The Cooking Ninja says

    Love yr ice cream and congratulations to winning that book. :) Do check out my recipe in there – Pommes de terre au four (Baked Potato)(an Auvergne recipe from Hub's great grandma) – it's very easy to make and simply delicious. U'll love it.

  3. MaryMoh says

    Sarah, how on earth do you manage to resist this awesome ice cream? You sure have a bulldog will that won't give in! I should invite myself there 😛 I'm sure you have extra for me, right?

  4. Mamatkamal says

    Congratulations for winning Blogger Aid Cook Book, great news indeed! .:)
    The brandy snap basket looks delicious.

  5. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

    @faithy Thank you! The baskets are quite fun to make
    @morwenna Blimey, how many mince pies did you make?!
    @the cooking ninja That sounds lovely and I bet my 2 yr old would eat it up too
    @marymoh Well because I'd already had some I was able to resist it. I have one scoop left!
    @mamatkamal Exciting isn't it, I can't wait to get it

  6. Nora says

    Absolutely beautiful snaps, Sarah! And that ice cream looks and sounds lovely. I nearly bought the other half an ice cream maker for Christmas and now I'm sorely regretting not doing it!

  7. Heavenly Housewife says

    Fantastic idea, and beautifully presented. I feel a bit bad cause i have a cool ice cream maker attachment for my kitchenaid and i've still never used it.

  8. Barbara Bakes says

    The most scrumptious use of mincemeat that I have ever seen! Congratulations on your win!

  9. lobstersandwich says

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. And I couldn't call it a "pasta bake". If you close your eyes it TASTES just like lasagna!! It must be because of the bechamel sauce!! Besides,you are right….Fake Lasagna is a sexier name..

    I love your blog and cannot wait to read more posts. Your presentation,writing and detail are fantastic. Plus you make me so hungry!!

    Good luck in 10 in10. I am joining you!!


  10. Bethie says

    I have never had mincemeat anything. I know there is no meat involved, but it doesn't seem to be popular in the southern U.S. I would however, jump on your ice cream. I bet that it was delicious!!

  11. Kitchen Butterfly says

    How yummy…and pretty and well plated!!!!!!! Good on you, sticking to your Ten in 10. I had it all worked out, walking 3 times a week but it appears I've torn a ligament, sitting in front of the TV watching Briget Jones diary…and trying not to cry so :-). Will stick to the others though

  12. Jeanne says

    Now you make me feel guilty – I baked my own mince pies for years, but kinf of fell off the wagon since moving to the UK :( Next Christmas!! Love the idea of this ice cream though… Hope you like the BloggerAid book – I'm lurking in there somewhere too!