Dried Fruit & Pear Relish


Hello dear friends, I hope that you are all well and enjoying the preparation that the festive season brings.  Life has been busy, it has been difficult to sit down and write a post.  I have had many gift ideas, recipes that I would have loved to have shared, time has just slipped away. Better planning is in order for next year.   I have commenced a course in October and with that comes studying, assignments and a much busier schedule. I  will share more detail about my course in the new year. Nevertheless, here I am preparing what I will be giving as a gift for Christmas.  This easy to make, luscious, sweet, delectable relish will accompany a selection of cheeses for that special Christmas cheese board, ham, cold meats. All you will need is a good glass of wine. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May it be full of good health, happiness, laughter, favourite dishes and lots of love. Cheers and Enjoy!

2 cups naturally dried figs (roughly chopped)
4 pears (firm but ripe)
2 cups dates (roughly chopped)
1/2 cup walnuts (roughly chopped)
3 cups boiling water
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cinnamon stick
3 star anise
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Preparation Time:     15 minutes
Cooking Time:      40 minutes
Makes:      6 cups (approximately)

Combine fruit with the boiled water in a large saucepan and stand for 15 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan, stir over high heat, bring to a gentle simmer and add the sugar.  Stir and allow the sugar to dissolve.  Reduce the heat, simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally for about 40 minutes or until relish is thick.

Remove the cinnamon stick, star anise and discard.

Spoon the hot relish into hot sterilised jars, seal immediately.  Label and date jars when cold.

Cook’s Tips

From the above yield, I filled 5 x 320 gram jars.

Store relish in a cool, dark place for at least 1 week before opening.  Refrigerate after opening.

You can serve the relish with ham, cold meats, in sandwiches and of course cheese.



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