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Citrus Mince Filling

4 lg Cooking apples; (about 1 1/2 lbs), peeled & cored
Grated zest & juice of 1/2 lemon
Grated zest & juice of 2 oranges
2/3 c Granulated sugar
3/4 c Packed brown sugar
1 1/2 c Light raisins
1 1/2 c Dark raisins 1 1/4 c Currants
3/4 c Roughly chopped mixed candied fruits and peels; (about 5 oz.)
2 tb Chopped slivered almonds
1 c Water
1 ts Ground cinnamon
1/4 ts Ground nutmeg
1/4 ts Ground cloves
1/4 ts Allspice
1/4 ts Ginger
1/4 c 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.