A green table topped with two jars of pear chutney

Spiced pear and sour cherry chutney

  • makes 1 jar
  • Easy

Sour cherries give a tangy flavour to this spiced pear chutney, while star anise adds aromatic notes — serve with cheese and cold meats as part of a festive buffet


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What are sour cherries?

Dried sour cherries have a deep red colour, tangy flavour and chewy texture.

How can I use sour cherries?

They are great for adding tartness to koftas, kebabs and tabbouleh salads, or baked into breakfast muffins, granolas and loaf cakes. They also work well in mince pies and stuffings, Christmas jams and preserves.

Where can I find sour cherries?

Find dried sour cherries at Waitrose, both in stores and online.



  • flavourless oil (such as sunflower oil) 2 tbsp
  • star anise 3
  • fennel seeds 2 tsp, crushed
  • dried chilli flakes 1 tsp
  • dried sour cherries 65g, roughly chopped
  • lemon 1, zested to make 1 tsp, juiced to make 2 tbsp
  • bramley apples 400g, peeled and chopped
  • pears (I used Waitrose Blush pears for their aromatic flavour) 225g, diced into small cubes with the peel left on
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • ginger grated to make 1 tbsp
  • soft dark brown sugar 4 tbsp
  • cider vinegar 4 tbsp
  • sea salt flakes 2 tsp


  • Step 1

    Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan over a medium heat, then sizzle the star anise, fennel seeds and chilli flakes for 1 minute, stirring continuously so they don’t burn.

  • Step 2

    Add the cherries and lemon zest, cooking for 1 minute, before adding the chopped apples along with 250ml of water. Simmer for 12-14 minutes or until the apples turn to a pulp (add a splash of water if it’s drying out).

  • Step 3

    Add the pears, garlic, ginger, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice and sea salt flakes. Simmer for 5 minutes, remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Decant into a sterilised jar and seal tightly. Will keep for six months in a cool dark place or for one month in the fridge once opened.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 23
  • Fat 0.5g
  • Carbs 4.5g
  • Sugars 4.3g
  • Fibre 0.3g
  • Protein 0.1g
  • Salt 0.2g