When we got back home I dreamed of this condiment. OK, not literally, but you understand. I had to have more. I knew it could not be found in a grocery store near me so to the Internet I went!
I found a recipe on brownsauce.org (yeah, I was surprised there was a website dedicated to it as well, but on second thought, I can understand the love that drives a person to blog about condiments...). It was a recipe that I could easily understand and I had most of the ingredients already on hand.
I scaled it down by a fourth so here is my scaled down version.
Start with the following three ingredients:
- Apples – 1 lb, peeled, cored and sliced
- Prunes – 4 oz. stoned and sliced
- Onions – 1/2 large, peeled and diced
Put the apples, prunes and onions in a pot and cover with water. Cook until tender.
Next put the fruit, onions, and remaining water in a blender or food processor and blend until liquidized.
Now add the remaining ingredients.
- Malt vinegar – 12 fl oz
- Ground ginger – 1/2 tsp
- Grated nutmeg – 1/4 tsp
- Ground allspice – 1/4tsp
- Cayenne pepper – 1/4 tsp
- Salt – 2 tbsp
I had to cook it for about 2 hours. The house smelled for about 2 to 3 days because of the malt vinegar, but it was worth it! Since I scaled it down, it ended up making just over 24 ounces of delicious fruity brown sauce!
I asked while in Dublin, what it was used for and they said it was a meat sauce. It taste a lot like a steak sauce, but fruitier. It was really good on chicken!
I hope I have inspired you to try a new recipe, maybe even my new love, fruity brown sauce! :)