Lovely Charles (friend of the iMake podcast) arrived at my house the other day with a big bag of home grown plums. Hmm… what to make? Crumble is always a good bet but as I’d over-indulged that weekend already, I opted for chutney. I wanted something quick and easy that used ingredients I already had in the cupboard. I found this great recipe on the BBC food website but I have adapted it a little by adding dried chillies for “warmth”.
- 450g/1lb plums, stoned and quartered
- 180g/6oz caster sugar
- 120ml/4fl oz cider vinegar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 dried chillies (the tiny ones)
- A twist of black pepper (to taste)
- Put all the ingredients (except the black pepper) in a pan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
- Taste the chutney (careful, it will be hot) then add black pepper to taste.
- Simmer for another 10 minutes or until the plums are tender and the liquid is syrupy.
- Pour/spoon into sterilised jars, leave to cool and keep in the fridge.
This recipe made 4 small/medium sized jars of chutney. It’s not a jam-like/set chutney so I recommend serving it in a ramekin with cheese and cold meats.