Saturday, March 06, 2010

Pear, date and cinnamon chutney

My preserves cupboard is filling up nicely


Yesterday I began using up some of the pears. First up was pear, date and cinnamon chutney....

Ingredients:
600ml Cider vinegar( I didn't have quite enough cider vinegar so topped it up with rice vinegar)
1kg ripe pears
450gms pitted dates
2 red delicious apples( I used granny smiths as we have these in the garden)
18-20 shallots(450g total, I used shallots, home grown onions and some red onions)
11/2 firmly packed cups of brown sugar
1 cinnamon quills( I used 2 tsp cinnamon)

Method:
Place 300ml vinegar in a pan with all the ingredients and slowly simmer over a medium to low heat, stirring occasionally for about 2-3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved
Cook for about 25-30mins until the fruit is tender.

Add remaining vinegar and cookf for 30-40 minutes until the chutney thickens and the liquid is almost evaporated.
Transfer to sterilised jars. This chutney is readyb to eat immediately and if kept in a cool dark place will last for 6 months. Refridgerate after opening and use with 2-3 months.

Thanks goes to seedling for sharing her recipe at Down to Earth


7 comments:

  1. Looks yummy. I bet your house smells delicious.

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  2. That sounds tasty and will have to make some of that too. Your preserve cupboard is fuller than mine :0)

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  3. It does smell lovely when it's all cooking Mel :D
    There's more to go in there yet Debbie, not too many more chutneys though. Hopefully I'll be getting some tomatoes soon to maek up some pasta sauces, but I have a horribel feeling it will all be green tomato chutney instead!

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  4. Since you're using homegrown carrots, share your dish in our Grow Your Own roundup this month! Full details at

    http://chezannies.blogspot.com/2010/03/announcing-grow-your-own-40.html

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  5. Hi Nate, thanks for the comment and suggestion, I'll certainly consider it :D BUT where did I used carrots?? lol

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  6. Ooh, you made it! I'm so pleased! Have you tried it yet? Our's didn't last the year, it was really good.

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  7. Oh yes! We've tried it and it's yummy! May need to make double next year ;)

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