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Friday, September 2, 2011

Pear And Lemon Chutney

A few years ago when I started my garden I dreamt of being able to go and pick pears and apples off the trees - be careful what you wish for! This year after years of waiting my trees are now weighed down and every time I pass them they speak to me…pick me please….I now have a glut of both apples and pears. This week I am giving you some recipes using pears and next week I will tackle the apples. Happy Cooking! 

1.8kg pears, peeled , cored and chopped
450g onions, peeled and chopped
350g raisins
50g stem ginger chopped
Grated rind and juice of two lemons
225g soft brown sugar
2 level teaspoons of salt
1.1 litres of white wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, crushed
6 dried chillies crushed or 3 teaspoons of chilli flakes
4 whole cloves

Tie the garlic, chillies and cloves in a piece of muslin* and add to a heavy based saucepan with the rest of the ingredients. Bring to the boil and simmer for two hours or so on a gentle heat, stirring occasionally. When all the mixture is thick, remove the muslin bag. Spoon the chutney into sterilised jars, cover and seal. Store for 2 months before use, it will be ready just in time for Christmas.

*Muslin is available at Dungarvan Home Furnishings