Plums again!! We went plum and apple picking on the weekend. The girls in their enthusiasm collected raw, bird bitten and every other kind of unedible plums. Now looking at all the damaged plums, chutney making seemed to be the only way out. With Autumn setting in good and proper I decided to make a spicy plum chutney.
25 - 30 Damaged Plums (that is what I had :)), soaked for 30 minutes in hot water with salt dissolved
Dry the plums thoroughly and chop into rough quarters.
8 Tablespoons Raw Sugar
4 teaspoons Rock Salt
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika, more if you want it really fiery
1 teaspoon Dry Ginger Powder
1 teaspoon Cloves roasted and powdered
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds, roasted and powdered
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Combine the plums, sugar, spices and salt into a large, thick bottomed pan on low heat.
Cook away, mixing every now and then.
Add the Apple Cider Vinegar towards the end.
Turn the heat off when it reaches sauce consistency, i.e. can be poured and goes splat!!
I prefer to let the pieces remain if, desired use a potato masher to blend everything.
Cool before bottling.
It is a luscious chutney that goes excellently with fritters, wedges, plain tortillas, flatbreads, in sandwiches as a spread and.... just plain to lick off the spoon when the kids aren't looking :))