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Any suggestions for a Branston-type recipe please
Sun 14-Mar-10
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Bib
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Almost all of my cookery books are in storage at the moment, and as we've just run out of Branston pickle I'd love a recipe for making something similar.  Husband is a big Branston fan, and I had absolutely no idea of how much I would miss it once it was gone - there's nothing similar available here in Croatia.

Thanks in anticipation.

Sun 14-Mar-10
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Hi Bib and welcome to the forum.  I'm not going to be any help to you whatsoever because I must say I cannot suffer Branston pickle. Eeek  I love chutney and piccalilli (can't spell it), but could never like Branston.  My son absolutely adores it.

 However there are lots of clever people on this site and I am sure you will get some help.  Good luck.

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Sun 14-Mar-10
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Hi Bib and a big welcome.  Champagne  I can't offer any advice either but I'm sure someone will be able to.

I'll try that again!

Sun 14-Mar-10
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Hi bib - and warm welcome!

Try this one:

http://www.cookipedia.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Bransto.....kle_recipe

I haven't tried it, but if you would like to make it and then let us know how it works out - brill !!

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Mon 15-Mar-10
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this recipe looks fab BS but perhaps a little complicated to find all the ingredients in Croatia.

I have a recipe for a simple courgette chutney that is close enough I think to double up as Branston 

Its a combination of several recipes

1kg  courgette  chopped fine into very small squares

500g   onions , peeled and diced small

500g tomatoes peeled and chopped finely

500g apples peeled, chopped and cored

300g sultanas/ raisins (whatever you can source)

500g soft brown sugar

1 head of garlic, chopped finely

lge piece of ginger chopped finely 

600ml cider vinegar (any vinegar can be used but I always use cider)

1 tsp cayenne pepper

pinch of salt and pepper

It is really important to chop all the ingredients finely - it takes ages but gives good end results

place all of the ingredients in a large pan and bring to the boil stirring all of the time, 

simmer for about 2 hours until the mixture is glossy, thick and well reduced; it is ready when if you draw a spoon through the mixture and can see the base of the pan momentarily

Place in sterilized jars (see instructions on this site) .  Jars need to have plasticized lids inside to stop the metal reacting to the vinegar.

HAPPY COOKING

Shelley

Mon 15-Mar-10
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Mmmmm, Shelley, might try that one ....

It may take ages, but there is something about chopping lovely vegetables - a bit like therapy(!) - and then seeing the achievement.

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Mon 15-Mar-10
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I love veg prep too, as you say, therapeutic.

I'll try that again!

Mon 15-Mar-10
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Thank you for your tips and for welcoming me to the Forum, much appreciated.  It's market day tomorrow, so I'll take a shopping list with me and let you know how I get on with the Branston-ish making.  Ummm, better make sure I've got enough jars first, I've made that mistake before!

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I think most of us might have done that!Big_Laugh

I'll try that again!

Thu 18-Mar-10
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Well, it's made.  6 jars of Branston-ish pickle.  I'll let you know in a month how it's turned out - assuming I have the patience to wait that long, I don't normally.

Fri 19-Mar-10
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Well done! WellDone

I'll try that again!

Fri 19-Mar-10
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I make loads of chutnies; I fou nd and made a lovely one last year with a fairly strong curry flavour; really different and absolutely delish!

Sun 28-Mar-10
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Predictably, I couldn't wait a full month before trying the pickle, so we had some today with a cheese ploughmans, and very nice it was too.  I'd labelled the jars "Branston-ish" but I'd say it's actually more "Pan Yan-ish" (whatever happened to Pan Yan Pickle, my grandma's favourite?).  Very good though, and I will definitely make it again.

Thank you for the recipe suggestions.  I ended up using the Cookipedia one with a few alterations to suit my available ingredients, e.g. in the absence of dried apricots, I used twice the amount of sultanas, I used some cloves and cinnamon instead of allspice, ordinary dried chilli, and simply omitted the cauliflower (thought I had one in the fridge but didn't) and the colouring.  And I used more brown sugar than the recipe stated, it seemed to need it.

If you like a nice sweet pickle, I'd recommend giving this recipe a go.  And Shelley, I'll definitely be trying your recipe too.

Thanks again!

Sun 28-Mar-10
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Cheersds like a winner, Bib, well done  Ok

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

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Oops, that went a bit wrong - the cheers appeared in the wrong place.

Wasn't me, gov, honest  ........

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"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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