I love to receive homemade gifts.
Someone thinking about me and going out of their way to do up something special is just the sweetest thing.
I especially love consumable gifts. Ones to enjoy and celebrate the person that gave them to me but that I don’t have to find a permanent home for in my already full house.
Sauces and jams are perfect for someone like me and I’ve a special one to share today.
I promised it last week when I gave you the recipe for duck wontons and here it is: Homemade Plum Sauce.
This recipe came about out of desperation. My husband and I have been playing a game for the past year where we’re on the hunt for the best eggroll in our city. We’ve tried TONNES (it’s a rough job but…) and found some amazing ones but each place is plagued by awful plum sauce that lacks zing and is mainly sugar.
So, I started to play around and came up with my own: tangy, sweet, spicy…all in a jar.
I think this will be a super popular gift this Christmas especially if I include a bag of frozen wontons to go with them.
I began with blitzing plums and a yellow pepper to a fine dice and then went crazy with some bright flavours; chili, lemongrass, wine vinegar, ginger, garlic…all got stewed together before being canned.
We’ve enjoyed it so much I had to make the recipe three times just to have enough to give away.
I know, not the prettiest on the plate but the best tasting by far.
- 6 cups finely chopped plums (I used purple Italian plums for one batch and red plums for another-both were great)
- 1 cup wine vinegar
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 T lemongrass (mashed) and chili paste
- 2 T mashed ginger
- ½ T salt
- 2 mashed cloves of garlic
- 1 finely diced yellow pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a heavy pot and bring to a rolling boil. Let thicken to coat the back of a spoon and ladle into 8x250 ml sterilized jars. Process in a water bath for 15 minutes and ensure the gasket lids pop-this means they are sealed and can be enjoyed within the next year.