After Hours: Pear Cranberry Chutney Spiced with Star Anise

Pear Cranberry Chutney (03) by MeetaK

After hours - the dinner dishes are still scattered on the table - traces of an entertaining and fun meal. Giggles in the kitchen and cheers from the living room - everyone has settled in well. Stories have been told and news has been shared now it's time for the important stuff.

As the boys gather around the television to watch the game, the girls catch up on the latest gossip. It's a wonderful evening - cold, but the moon is shining, the stars glitter on a velvet black sky and the snow crunches beneath the feet.

It's only been a few hours but there is a slight craving again. The meal was rich and plentiful and everyone indulged excitedly not only in the chatter but also in the food. However, there is a yearning for sweet savory bites. Something decadent to nibble on - not a stately portion just a bite to satisfy the longing of an after hours craving.

Pear Cranberry Chutney (02) by MeetaK

A variety of cheese and a special something - sweet but with a spicy note. A delicate chutney to entice everyone back together again. One more time - gather around and be thankful for friends, family and food.

Recipe: Pear Cranberry Chutney

Printable version of recipe here.

5 medium sized pears, peeled and diced
Small piece of ginger, finely chopped
1 red chili, finely chopped
2 whole star anise
2 limes, zest and juice
150g fresh cranberries 
Agave syrup, to taste
1/2 - 1 teaspoon Agar agar powder
2 tablespoon canola oil


In a saucepan heat the oil and quickly sauté the diced pear and chili. Add the ginger, agave syrup, agar agar, lime juice and zest and finally the cranberries. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until the pear cranberry chutney thickens.

Fill the pear cranberry chutney into clean sterilized jars then place in the refrigerator to cool.

The chutney will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. 


Pear Cranberry Chutney (01) by MeetaK

The pear and cranberry chutney is a perfect partner to wild, poultry and veal, but it works delectably with a fresh piece of bread and a slice of your favorite cheese. That's why it's my favorite after dinner treat. A platter of cheese, a few grapes, some fresh sliced rustic bread and this pear and cranberry chutney is the best way to keep the crowd comfortingly happy.

Although I do not have any vegan friends I did try to veganize the pear cranberry chutney, as I have been playing around with several recipes. So Sug's Vegan Ventures Round 2 was the perfect occasion to show-off one of my attempts. I hope I did a good job here as it is unexplored territory I am treading in.

Don't Forget

MM low-sugar sweet treats

This month the team over at the Daily Tiffin are hosting the Monthly Mingle. We are all looking forward and eagerly awaiting your ideas and creations to this session's theme - Low-Sugar Treats. Come on over and share your healthy treats.

The deadline is December 8th, 2008. See you there.


You might like these other "after hours" treats from WFLH:

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Ajvar - Roasted Pepper, Aubergine and Garlic Dip Apricot Salsa Mousse de Truit

Wishing you all a happy Holiday. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your loved ones. I will be taking a short break to enjoy the next few days with my family and friends. Plenty planned and there will be lots of good food.

See you soon!


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  1. Glad to see it all went well! Love the spices of the chutney.

  2. Cheese and chutney is the perfect after-dinner snack. By that time, after a large meal, I want something savory, not sweet. Lovely color, too!

  3. Ummmm....looks so delicious! Happy thanksgiving, Meeta:), and cheers for all the good work you do!

  4. A delightful chutney! With cheese, it must pair wonderfully well!



  5. Happy Thanksgiving Meeta...Pear n cranberry chutney looks delicious..

  6. Looks like all of you had lots of fun. Chutney looks really yumm, especially with cheese.
    Happy Thanksgiving

  7. ure have nice pic,end perfect set
    happy thanksgiving

  8. Wonderful midnight post turkey dinner snack!
    Nice to have a great dinner and now you can relax in the memories.

  9. I love cheese and crackers and to top it with this lovely chutney, will be just heavenly!!!!

  10. Have you tried making fruit cheese? My guests usually are enjoying them for sweetmeats after dinner. The tricky thing is just to match the fruit cheese with the 'real' cheese. Like blue cheese will go with plum cheese, etc. However, experiments will drive us to the right direction hehehe... I like after-dinner treat like this.

  11. Serving it on brie is genius. Yummy. Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Thtat's one great chutney!

  13. This chutney sounds lovely and the colour is gorgeous!

  14. Thanks to everyone for your comments and wishes. Glad you are liking the chutney!


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