|Posted by Bee & John on April 19, 2011 at 1:30 AM|
John and I spend a delicious sunday afternoon at the Alexandrina Cheese Company's music day a few weeks ago... munching away on some delicious cheese and falling in love with their Apple Chutney. (photo below)
I'm wasn't really a chutney fan - it's "OK" but nothing to scream about... but THIS one was delicious! Sweetish, savour, apple-y and perfect with the cheese. They sold it there and I would encourage all you NON Thermomix owners to rush down there and stock up.
All of you clever enough to own a Thermomix can make it easily and cheaply!
The day after our cheese munching afternoon, I did a search for an apple chutney recipe on the internet. There wasn't much about actually.. the but a very close recipe I found was this "credit crunch" chutney recipe from the UK Thermomix website, which I tweaked a little bit to make it a little like the one I had with the cheese.
I first made only about 1/4 of the recipe to "check it out". As it takes a few weeks to mature, I waited (impatiently!). Finally it came of age JUST as delicious. This recipe, despite the amount of ingredients, is easy and well worth the effort.
So, We on Sunday we popped over to our favourite organic fruit and vege place near Gumeracha (Protero Wine tasting too - 3 or 4 Ks out of Gumeracha on the Mt. Pleasant rd) and of course Rosemary and Frank didn't dissapoint with their lovely, well priced organic fruit, vegies and their organic, home grown apples, now just coming off their trees - WONDERFULLY crunchy and sweet.
So, today I made two batches of the apple chutney. What did I change?
LESSON: in step 6, increase speed to 2 - it tells you to use 1 but it is too slow and doesn't bring the top of the mixture down to the bottom of the bowl where the heating plate is.
LESSON: I didn't find the paper towelling stuffed in the hole very effective (step 7), put the colander/rice basket on top of the Thermomix instead of the MC and you will get reduction without the paper bits OR the splashing
LESSON: Australian apples are so fresh and tasty at the moment, at the very start of their season, you will probably need to use the Varoma option in step 8 (I did and the 10 minutes suggested was fine!)
LESSON: definitely take note of step 10! (to mix the mixture before decanting) I poured all of the mixture into the saucepan I had used to sterilise my jars (therefore sterilised itself) and then used a sterilised spoon to first stir, then decant.
LESSON: do not add extra ingredients... this mixture fills the bowl!