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Summer pickle

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 1.5kg
Dietary Vegetarian
From Full on Food


  1. Prepare the fruit compote by placing all the ingredients, except the vinegar and sugar, in a large saucepan. Heat gently until the fruit is soft and stewed. Taste and adjust the seasoning - adding sugar if it's too savoury, vinegar if it's too sweet. Set aside.

  2. For the pickle, heat the butter in a heavy pan.

  3. Add the fruit, vegetables, vinegar, sugar and molasses and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.

  4. Tip in the fruit compote and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

  5. Leave to cool then decant into sterilised preserving jars. The flavour will improve over time.

  6. For non-vegetarians it is a good accompaniment to slices of roast beef and chicken liver parfait.


For the fruit compote

  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 150g/5¼oz raisins
  • 1 banana
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and chopped
  • white wine vinegar, to taste
  • caster sugar, to taste

For the pickle

  • 25g/1oz butter
  • 1 cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped
  • 400g/14¼ oz onions, chopped
  • 150g/5¼ oz golden raisins
  • 100ml/3½fl oz white wine vinegar
  • 50g/1¾oz muscovado sugar
  • 50g/1¾oz molasses

Shopping List

Summer pickle

Fruit and vegetables

Cooking ingredients

Dairy, eggs and chilled


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