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Citrus Mince Filling

4 large cooking apples (1 1/2 lbs), peeled and cored
grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups light raisins
1 1/2 cups dark raisins
1 1/4 cups currants
3/4 cup roughly chopped mixed candied fruits and peels, (about 5 oz.)
2 tablespoons chopped slivered almonds
1 cup water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 cup Curacao or brandy

Coarsely shred or finely dice apples' place in a large pot or Dutch
oven. Add zests, juices, sugars, raisins, currants, candied fruits,
almonds, water, and spices. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat,
cover, and simmer gently 1 hour. Remove cover and increase heat
to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick
and dark and liquid is nearly gone, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove
from heat and allow to cool 10 minutes. Stir in Curacao or brandy,
and transfer to storage containers.


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