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Old 08-02-2006, 06:13 AM   #1
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ISO "Branston Pickle" recipe

Or any similar English pickle ...

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Old 08-02-2006, 07:14 AM   #2
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I found this one:

http://www.recipezaar.com/26952
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:19 AM   #3
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EW im not a branston lover... but Clive would have a better recipe then me im sure but ill post mine

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250 g carrots
1 medium swede
4 cloves garlic
125 g dates
1 medium cauliflower
2 onions
2 apples
2 unpeeled courgettes
15 sweet gherkins
225 g dark brown sugar
1 tsp salt
60 ml lemon juice
350 ml cider or malt vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
a few dashes of liquid browning for colouring


1. Cube the carrots and swede, and finely chop the garlic, dates, cauliflower, onions, apples, courgettes and gherkins. Combine all the ingredients except the colouring in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer.

2. Simmer until the swede is cooked through but still firm (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours). Then add the liquid colouring until the colour is dark brown.

3. Spoon into warm sterilized jars and seal. Leave for at least 3 weeks to let the flavours mature.
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:22 AM   #4
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OOPPSS courgettes is zuchinni
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Old 08-03-2006, 03:36 AM   #5
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Chef Jen -- thanks! I'll pass on the coloring, but other than that, looks tasty!

(If only I could get swede/rutabega. That and parsnips ... flavors from my childhood I miss, miss, miss!)

You don't like Branston? Tried it next to/on top of a bit of fresh bread and a nice cheese, toasted or plain? Nothing like it IMHO!

Thanks again.
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Where do you live..

Actually the colouring is what makes branston dark!!!
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:35 AM   #7
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Athens, Greece. Not a parsnip-friendly climate!

Yeah, I get it that the coloring is what makes it dark, even in the commercial stuff I eat (Crosse & Blackwell), I just couldn't do it in something I make at home. Call me a purist?

Just ran to read the label on my current bottle in the fridge. Sure enough, it has coloring.

Also has dates! YUM!
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Old 08-03-2006, 06:36 AM   #8
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Here's a similar 'Branston' recipe, with dates!
http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/rec...kle57603.shtml
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Old 08-04-2006, 07:24 AM   #9
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Ishbel -- good thing I checked this thread -- thanks!

A completely un-related question: I see the link you gave me is abbreviated, opening up a fuller link. Did you hand-type those ellipses in there? Never seen that done!
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