Caramelised Carrot Chutney

Posted 30 April 2013 by

I love chutney, but carrot chutney is a new one for me; Marks and Spencer do an absolutely lovely Wensleydale cheese and caramelised carrot chutney sandwich that I wanted to be able to recreate at home. Carrot chutney isn’t something you can easily find, so I looked for recipes online, with not much luck. Nearly everything I found had things like sultanas added to it, which wasn’t right at all.

After a couple of experiments, I came up with this recipe. I recreated the sandwich and tried them side by side. It’s pretty damn close to the real thing. I used Wensleydale for authenticity, but this sweet chutney would go well with any salty and/or creamy cheese like feta, cheddar or goat’s cheese.

Caramelised carrot chutney

 

Also, despite the fact that it’s no longer a necessity in the world we live in, I love the concept of preserving food at the end of its season to last through the bleaker months. This is a great way to preserve a surplus of carrots.

Carrots

Ingredients (makes 2 small jars):

  • 10 carrots (approx. 700 g)
  • 110 g (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 300 ml (1 ¼ cups) white wine vinegar

Grate the carrots.

Grated carrot

Heat the grated carrots in a large pan over a low heat. You could use some oil, but oil isn’t listed as an ingredient in the M&S sandwich, and I found that with a decent non-stick pan, you don’t need it. Sweat the carrots until they are soft.

Cooking carrot chutneyAdd the sugar to the carrots and cook over a medium heat to let the sugar caramelise. Pour in the white wine vinegar and bring it to the boil, stirring. Continue to cook until the liquid has evaporated and the remaining chutney is a thicker consistency.

While the chutney is still hot, ladle it into hot, sterilised jars. The chutney should keep for several months.

Caramelised Carrot Chutney

Now, as for the sandwich… here is the M&S original:

Marks and Spencer Carrot Chutney SandwichSince I made the chutney, they have changed the packaging and no longer describe the chutney as “caramelised” for some reason. They also list onions as an ingredient, which I’m pretty sure wasn’t the case before. Ah well – they still taste very similar! Here is my recreation (admittedly, not as neat as the packaged one!) Wensleydale cheese, caramelised carrot chutney, a smear of Greek yoghurt, and lettuce.

Wensleydale Carrot Chutney SandwichWensleydale Carrot Chutney Sandwich

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10 Responses to Caramelised Carrot Chutney

  1. Julie says:

    Dear Debbie been looking for this recipe for a long time thank you can’t wait to try it, can you tell me after making it how long be for you can eat it, dose it have to stand for a month many thanks Julie 🙂

    • Debbie says:

      Thanks for your comment! I hope it works well for you. My recommendation would be to leave it for a month (if you can wait that long!). I left mine for several months and to be honest, I’m not sure what the optimal timing would be. I tried some on the day I made it, and it was certainly edible, but a little vinegar-y.

  2. Sylvia says:

    Just made this as we too love M & S Wenslydale and carrot chutney sandwiches. Absolutely delicious chutney … and afraid we made sandwiches the next day – just couldn’t wait! To taste it on its own it does seem a bit vinegary but once in the sandwich it is perfect!

    Thank you so much.

  3. Jan says:

    Your recipe sounds great have tried to buy carrot chutney in the supermarkets and have tried M & S but they seem so secretive about it also tried food fairs last tried Belper on Sunday. Once made do you have to keep it in the fridge or can you store it in a cupboard

    Cheers

    • Debbie says:

      You can store it in a cupboard until you’re ready to use it, as the sugar and vinegar helps to preserve it. Once opened, I’d keep it in the fridge.

  4. cathy says:

    I made the chutney but used half caster sugar and half dark soft brown sugar, one shallot, 3 cooking apples, some grated ginger and a little chopped chilli, now just to taste it……!

  5. louise says:

    Hurrah, it’s Christmas gift make time! Thank you for the lovely post and photos.

  6. Kikishua says:

    I’ve been trying to find a recipe to recreate the M&S sandwich for AGES. You’re right, they are very secretive (I emailed them a few years ago, but they claimed they couldn’t help!). Will definitely give this a try!

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