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Here is a delightful little recipe that I found after watching Gordon Ramsay cooking a Christmas feast last night. He made a gorgeous baked ham and made this little chutney to have with it and I was inspired. I swear that it is my dear departed mother finally getting her own back after all those years trying to get me to make and eat her pickles and relishes! 😀 I can just hear her now bless her. I decided that I was going to pick up her mantle of baking for all and sundry and most of my Christmas gifts will be home baked this year and probably from now on.
Pear and Saffron Chutney
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and diced
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
50g knob of fresh root ginger peeled and finely grated
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 tspn ground cinnamon
1/2-1 tspn cayenne pepper
250g soft brown sugar (dark or light, it doesn’t matter)
250ml White wine vinegar (I used Apple cider vinegar)
4 firm pears (Williams or Packhams which is what I used) up to 650g worth in total or thereabouts peeled, cored and diced
2 medium cooking apples peeled, cored and diced
2 pinches of saffron strands
Finely grated zest and juice of 2 small oranges
2 tomatoes, diced.
Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the onion and let it cook gently with the salt and pepper just to soften it, don’t brown it.
Add the grated fresh ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Saute for a couple of minutes then add the brown sugar and stir till dissolved, then add the vinegar.
Add to the vinegar, sugar and onion mix, the chopped pears, apples, sultanas, saffron and orange zest and juice. Bring to the boil and boil steadily for about 15 minutes, until the liquid has reduced down to a syrupy consistency. Add the diced tomatoes and cook for 2-5 minutes until it is reduced and thickened but not dry. Adjust the seasoning if needed.
While still hot, spoon the chutney into clean, sterilised jars and seal. Store in a cool, dark cupboard or the fridge and use within 6 months. The flavour gets better over time.
This amount of ingredients made 4 x 250ml jars of lovely spicy fruity chutney that will go very well with your hams, roast pork and even on a cheese toasted sandwich. Really, it would go well with any rich meats that need something with a little bite to cut through the fattiness.