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Pear and Mincemeat Strudel

Pear and Mincemeat Strudel. The perfect way to use up leftover mincemeat.

It's time to use up those Christmas leftovers and many of us have jars of mincemeat leftover from baking Christmas mince pies, or in my case not getting round to making mince pies and buying them from Tesco.

Christmas Dessert

I decided to use mine to make a rather sophisticated dessert. Pear and mincemeat strudel and I have to tell you that pear and mincemeat taste wonderful together.

Graham didn't have to miss out either as Jus-Rol do a dairy free filo and then it's just a case of brushing the layers with melted dairy free spread instead of butter.

I would serve this warm with ice cream, but it would be equally good with pouring cream, be that dairy or vegan. Just make sure it's a generous slice.

Christmas Recipes

For more vegetarian or vegan Christmas recipes checking out my Veggie Christmas page which is full of Christmas recipes.. 

For sweet recipes check out:

Vegetarian Sweet Treats


Cheesecake Brownies
Maltesers Fudge Brownies
Rich Chocolate Brownies
Toffee Pecan Brownies


Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies
White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies


Caramel Apple Coopers


Mars Bar Slice
Peanut Butter Blondies with White Chocolate


White Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

Vegan Sweet Treats

Vegan Banana Bread

Dark Treacle Gingerbread
Easy Choc Chip Banana Bread
Peanut Butter Choc Chip Banana Bread 

Vegan Brownies

Prune and Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Vegan Cookies

Peanut Butter & Coconut Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Shortbread Cookies
Sweet Basil & Lemon Shortbread

Vegan Cupcakes & Muffins

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Pineapple Frosting

Vegan Traybake

Oreo Chocolate Tiffin
3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge

Vegan Truffles

Sneaky Chocolate Maple Truffles

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Pear and Mincemeat Strudel
A rather special dessert. Flaky layers of pastry wrapped around juicy pears and spicy mincemeat.
  • 1 packet (12 sheets) filo pastry
  • 100g butter (or dairy free spread)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 jar Christmas mincemeat
  • 3 ripe pears, peeled and sliced
  • finely grated peel from 1 lemon
  • a dusting of icing sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan/400f/gas mark 6.2. Cover a large baking sheet in baking paper.3. Melt the butter (or dairy free spread). 4. Place one sheet of filo pastry on the baking try and brush with the melted butter or spread, then sprinkle over a little sugar.5. Add the next sheet and do the same. Repeat until you have layered up all the sheets.6. Spoon the mincemeat down the centre of the pastry, leaving a space at either end.7. Top the mincemeat with the sliced pear and sprinkle the lemon peel over it.8. Fold the ends over (about an inch) and then fold each side of the pastry over the mincemeat in the middle. Turn over so the seal is underneath and brush with a little butter or spread.9. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and crisp.10. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with cream or ice cream.11. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: Serves 4-6

Check out my Ultimate Veggie Christmas Guide with all the recipes and tips you could need for a vegetarian or vegan Christmas.

Also try my Caramel Banana Filo Hand Pies

Here are a couple of filo desserts from The Botanical Kitchen, I think you might enjoy.

Apple Cobnut and Honey Tart

Chilli Honey Baklava


  1. Was looking forward to find my weekend dessert and here it is! Lovely!

  2. Ooh, that's beautiful. We managed to overbuy on pastry and filo so have some stashed in the freezer as well. What Americans DON'T get as easily is jars of mincemeat, of course, so we'll have to get creative there, but this looks well worth attempting, anyway!

  3. Such a great way to use up mincemeat! And it sounds soooo good with pear. :)

  4. This sounds so lovely - I don't think I've ever actually bought a jar of mincemeat (I've never made my own either mind!) but I'll definitely pick some up next Christmas to make something like this :)

  5. Strudel is one of my favourite desserts and I like to have it from time to time as a treat. Your version sounds and looks amazing! I wish I could buy it somewhere as I don't think I could be bothered to make it myself..

  6. This looks like a fabulous way to use up a jar of mincemeat and with the pears sounds like really lovely combination:-)

  7. sounds amazing - I have some mincemeat in my fridge that I must use and have lost my enthusiasm for mince tarts - this sort of dessert on the other hand sounds lovely

  8. beautiful! Love the pear addition, really peps it up!

  9. That is spooky as! I was just looking in my fridge at my leftover mincemeat and wondering what on Earth I should do with it, and then half hour later I was checking out your blog for the latest post and, voila!! I might have to make a very mini version though, as we've only got a few tablespoons left. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. I do love a good strudel! I've got quite a few jars of mincemeat leftover. I made my own this year intending to give friends and family a jar each but managed to leave them in London when we left to visit everyone! This looks like a really interesting way of using them up :-) I love the idea of adding pear too! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. I love this idea, I think the pear would work brilliantly with my homemade mincemeat with ginger!


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