Smoked Apple Butter


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If you like to experiment with condiments then this is probably something you've not come across before. Apple Butter was first produced in the Middle Ages by monks who wanted to preserve the fruit grown in monastery orchards. It is a highly concentrated form of apple compote with a buttery consistency. Rosebud Preserves' recipe uses the addition of Whisky to add a little heat to the flavour and a little smoked Bramley apple to add a unique final touch.

It goes well with strong cheddars but is not going to match with most cheeses, the sweetness from the vanilla doesn't get balanced out by any vinegary acidity like other chutneys. However it is really unusual and would also be a god accompaniment for mackerel and perhaps a dollop with ice-cream for the more experimental.