Slow Cooker Spiced Mirabelle Plum Chutney
The Mirabelle plum is a French speciality that also grows throughout Europe and is deliciously sweet, perfect for making a scrumptious plum chutney. This type of plum is small, oval, yellow; great when picked straight from the tree and eaten fresh or preserved in a decadent chutney. We were lucky to have a huge Mirabelle plum tree in our garden when housesitting in Spain, which was dripping with plums, so abundant they were just falling from the tree. Rather than see the fruits go to waste we found the perfect, hassle free way to preserve them was to make a yummy and versatile Slow Cooker Spiced Mirabelle Plum Chutney.
This chutney will of course work with any variety of plums and it doesn’t necessarily need to be cooked in the slow cooker, but we loved the ease of the slow cooker and the way that the flavours infuse, when time is taken to get the recipe right!
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2 onions (red are good)
2 lbs of plums (Mirabelle in this case)
A glug of oil (we used olive oil but any oil will do)
3 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground ginger
400 g brown sugar
1 orange and it’s zest
300 ml cider vinegar
Start by chopping your onions, then squeeze out the stones from the plums over a large bowl and catch the plum flesh and any juice, making sure all the stones are disgarded. Heat your oil in a large pan. Cook the onion until golden, add the bay and spices, frying them for just for a minute to enhance their flavour then stir in all of the plums, sugar, orange juice & zest and vinegar.
Transfer the whole lot into your slow cooker and cook until thick. (stir occasionaly to avoid sticking). Go about your day and enjoy the spiced smells emerging from the slow cooker.
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When you are happy with the consistency and the chutney is still hot, spoon your chutney into sterilised jar/s. Leave it to cool and store in a cupboard, the chutney will last for at least four months.
If you can wait for a few weeks, the flavours will develop nicely you will have a deliciously rich, sweet and spiced chutney, a perfect compliment to your Christmas cheese board.
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