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    Pickled pear & cardamom cheese

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 1 hours
    • Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes 60 minutes 20 minutes

    Makes: 500-600g


    1kg essential Conference Pears (approx 7)
    300ml Aspall Raw Apple Cyder Vinegar With Honey
    1 tbsp cardamom pods
    75g caster sugar
    2 tbsp lemon juice 


    1. Roughly chop the pears (there’s no need to peel or core them first as they’ll be strained after cooking). Put the pears in a heavy-based saucepan with the vinegar and 200ml water. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and reduce the heat to its lowest setting. Cook gently for about 20-30 minutes until the pears are soft and pulpy. Meanwhile, crush the cardamom pods using a pestle and mortar to release the seeds. Discard the shells and grind the seeds to break them up.

    2. Press the mixture through a sieve into a bowl, forcing as much pulp through the sieve as you can with the back of a tablespoon. Scrape all the purée that clings to the underside of the sieve into the bowl. Return the strained purée to the rinsed-out pan.

    3. Stir in the sugar, cardamom and lemon juice, and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Continue to cook for about 20-25 minutes until very thick and chutney-like in consistency. Stir frequently to prevent the purée sticking to the base of the pan.

    4. While still hot, ladle into small, sterilised clip-top jars or jam jars, tapping the jars on the surface to release any air bubbles. Cover with waxed discs and lids or jam pot covers, and store in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months. Serve as part of a cheese board (particularly good with blue cheeses), or with roast chicken or pork.  

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