Remember my Aunt Jane’s Chutney? Mmmm…
I made a batch yesterday (it is so much better made a week or so in advance) and this morning the house still smells wonderfully spicy.
This is not quite a jam, nor is it a sauce. Chutney is a law unto itself. Wikipedia says “Chutney (Devanagari- “चटनी” also transliterated chatney or chatni, Sindhi: چٽڻي) is a sauce in the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent that can vary from a tomato relish to a ground peanut garnish or a yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip.” but this recipe is about as far from that as one can get.
Cranberries, pears, raisins, spices, sugar and apple cider vinegar combine to make my mouth water! And, it keeps. Mine is in the freezer now after an afternoon on the kitchen counter and a night in the fridge, but if I weren’t planning to pack it and travel I’d simply keep it in the fridge – for months!
Here’s the actual recipe:
Aunt Jane’s Chutney
prep: 30 minutes
cooking time: 25 minutes
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 large firm pears
2 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 cups golden raisins
1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
2 t. salt
2 T. pickling spices
12 whole allspice
5 whole cloves
Rinse cranberries. Peel, core, and slice pears. Combine all fruits in large saucepan with sugar, raisins, vinegar, and salt. Place all spices on 6 inch square of cheese cloth, tie up to form a spice bag, and add to fruit mixture.
Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium-low (simmer), cook stirring frequently for 20 minutes.
Remove the spice bag, cool the chutney and refrigerate or freeze.
I added more cranberries this time, currants as well as raisins, and a few extra cloves. It tasted good hot and even better cold this morning. I may have to make another batch to get me through the winter!
Of course it is part of our family Thanksgiving dinner – it wakes up the mashed potatoes, moistens the turkey, and is so pretty on the table. But I like it on oatmeal in the morning – fruity and spicy as part of breakfast! And, it is fine with yogurt on warmer days, again, why not?
So, as this holiday season starts, safe travels to all, good times in good health with friends and family, and good cheer all around. Mmmm…