Fruity chutney

This weekend was the first one ‘in’ for a while, so I had time to cook properly.

As we had a pot of stem ginger in the cupboard (which has been there since I-don’t-know-when) and a mango, beginning to go off, I decided to look on the BBC Good Food website where I found this recipe.

  • 900g plums
  • 2 Bramley apples (about 550g/1lb 4oz)
  • 450g pears
  • 1 large mango
  • 900g muscovado sugar
  • 500ml bottle cider vinegar
  • 2 medium onions (not red)
  • 85g chopped stem ginger (from a jar of ginger in syrup, or crystallized)
  • 3 garlic cloves , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 rounded tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp crushed dried chillies
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick

1. Halve, stone and chop the plums (about the same size as you would for an apple pie – not too big, not too small). Drop them into a large saucepan. Core, peel and chop the apples and pears in the same way. Peel, stone and chop the mango. Put all the fruit in the pan.
2. Stir sugar, vinegar, onions, ginger, garlic, mustard seeds, coriander, crushed chillies and salt into the pan, then drop the cinnamon stick on top. Heat slowly for about 20 mins, giving an occasional stir, until the sugar has dissolved. Now leave the chutney to simmer at a steady pace, without a lid, stirring occasionally until reduced and thickened, but still with a nice balance of syrupy juice. This will take about 1½ hrs. You don’t want to cook it until all the liquid has gone, as it will thicken once it cools. Discard the cinnamon stick.
3. Using a heatproof jug, pour the chutney while still hot into sterilised jars. It will keep for about a year in a cool, dry place.

This smelled quite vinegar, but apparently (I don’t eat chutney, so have to go by The Husband’s comments) doesn’t taste too vinegary. It is rather nice apparently.