Two of Yorkshire’s award-winning food producers have collaborated to produce a delicious NEW chutney. Rosebud Preserves and The Wensleydale Creamery, who both use simple ingredients, traditional recipes and time-honoured techniques, have created a Yorkshire Wensleydale Chutney.
• Yorkshire Wensleydale Chutney (£3.40/198g)
A classic combination of fresh Bramley apples, plump sultanas and traditional spices. Perfect with Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese.
Bramley apples 50%, onions, sultanas, unrefined sugar, malt vinegar (barley), spices, sea salt.
Elspeth Biltoft, owner and founder of Rosebud Preserves, says: “We wanted to work with a local cheese-maker to develop a new chutney and The Wensleydale Creamery seemed the perfect choice as it handcrafts its products with passion and skill from locally sourced milk.
“When developing the chutney we decided to use apples as the predominant ingredient because in Yorkshire, Wensleydale cheese is traditionally served with oat cakes or fruit cake or eaten with apple pie. Giving rise to the saying ‘an apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze’.
“We found that the simplicity of fresh Bramley apples, vine fruit and traditional spices was the perfect partner for Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.”
• Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese PGI* (Pasteurised cows’ milk, vegetarian rennet) (£9.00/500g) – This cheese, lovingly handcrafted to a time-honoured recipe, is a creamy, crumbly, white cheese which is full of flavour. Crucial to its process is Wensleydale milk, drawn from cows which graze the sweet meadows in this part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The grasses, flowers and wild herbs they eat flavour the local milk, and, along with the Creamery’s own unique cheese-making starter cultures, and skill of its experienced cheese-makers, give the cheese its unique taste.
Sandra Bell, marketing manager at The Wensleydale Creamery, says: “We thoroughly enjoyed working with Rosebud Preserves to create the Yorkshire Wensleydale Chutney to partner with our special cheese. The care and attention to detail with the recipe and ingredients was so important to ensure that they arrived at a chutney that perfectly complemented our cheese.”
Rosebud Preserves has been making its jams, marmalades, chutneys and jellies at Masham, North Yorkshire, since 1989. The company was started by Elspeth Biltoft and her founding principles, to source local produce whenever possible; to cook traditional recipes; and practice time honoured techniques, without the use of additives, preservatives or pectin; remain the same today.
The Wensleydale Creamery based at Hawes in Wensleydale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is the home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese. The cheese was first made in Wensleydale in 1150 by Cistercian monks. Today the Creamery uses traditional methods to handcraft the cheese, using milk from local farms, as well as developing new cheeses to innovative recipes.
Steeped in heritage and provenance, The Wensleydale Creamery achieved European Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)* status in December 2013 for its Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, which is creamy, crumbly and full of flavour. The PGI status differentiates ‘Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese’ from other Wensleydale cheeses that are produced in other counties around the UK. Cheese-makers outside the designated area can only call their cheese ‘Wensleydale’ not ‘Yorkshire Wensleydale’.
The NEW Yorkshire Wensleydale Chutney is available to buy online. Also available at The Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre
* Protected Geographical Indication (PGI): this designation covers products whose “production, processing or preparation” takes places in a specific area.