Great idea to tickle the Fairtrade Christmas Tastebuds

I want to pass on a recipe to you so you can make some delicious Fairtrade Mincemeat.

I made some for myself and then made some with the Y5 and Y6 children at Tansley Primary School. The recipe is not complicated and it smells and of tastes the essence of Christmas.

Fairtrade Mincemeat made at Tansley Primary

Fairtrade Mincemeat made at Tansley Primary


  • 500g dried mixed fruit
  • 300g other dried mixed fruit of choice (apricots, mango, pear etc.)
  • 250g cooking apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 125g slivered almonds
  • 125g suet
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • grated zest on 1 orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 250g dark brown soft sugar
  • 250ml brandy, dark rum, (250ml apple or orange juice if perferred)


  1.  Make sure all of the dried fruits are finely chopped to around the same size.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the first nine ingredients together until well combined. It is easiest to do this with your hands.
  3. Dissolve the sugar in the brandy, rum or fruit juice and add to the mixture.
  4. Cover and leave in a cool place overnight.
  5. Stir the mixture thoroughly before packing into sterile jars. Leave for about a month to mature before using.


Recipe from “bake a difference”. Compiled for Traidcraft by Bee Rawlinson 

Fairtrade dried fruit can be bought locally in Wirksworth at Traidlinks, 20 Market Place, Wirksworth, Derbyshire DE4 4ET

or sourced on-line from





Future is sweeter for Mauritian sugar farmers.

Are you looking for Fairtrade ingredients for the Great Derbyshire Dales Fairtrade Bake Off? Then this news might interest you: Waitrose has announced that its entire range of own-label speciality baking sugars has been switched to Fairtrade, with small-scale farmers in Mauritius set to benefit from every bag that is sold.


The supermarket offers seven own-label speciality sugars, ranging from golden caster sugar through to dark brown muscovado sugar. These types of sugar are frequently used in baking because of the depth of flavour that they deliver, and they are produced from sugar cane, which is grown in developing countries.

Waitrose has worked with its farmers and cooperatives in Mauritius for many years, which will now be Fairtrade. Through Fairtrade certification, these farmers have been supported to develop democratically-run organisations and to minimise their impact on the environment. For every tonne of sugar they sell on Fairtrade terms, they earn a $60 premium that can be invested as the farmers choose, in their businesses or social projects that will benefit their community. 

It is estimated that the Waitrose switch will generate in the region of $115,000 in Fairtrade Premium in the first year alone. In response to the news that Waitrose would be sourcing sugar from his co-operative, Sen, a 53 year-old Mauritian farmer of three hectares, said: “I would like to thank all the people who buy Fairtrade products and I would ask them to encourage others to buy Fairtrade, because they are helping the vulnerable small farmers and their communities.”


The Great Derbyshire Dales Fairtrade Bake Off


Get baking and come up with a winning recipe to enter into the Great Derbyshire Dales Fairtrade Bake Off. Produce something wonderful using as many Fairtrade ingredients as possible to win this prestigious award.

The competition will comprise of regional heats one for each Fairtrade Town in the Derbyshire Dales with the winners from each heat competing for the top Derbyshire Dales Fairtrade Bake Off prize. 

The Matlock heat will take place on Saturday 28th February 2015 at Imperial Rooms, Matlock between 5 and 6 pm. 

Bring along your preprepared home made masterpieces to be judged by 3 local chefs. 


Entries from children welcome – there will be a young persons category.

Lets see if Matlock bakers can come up trumps and beat off the competition from Bakewell, Darley Dale, Wirksworth and Ashbourne.