Hawthorn 'ketchup'

Hawthorn 'ketchup'


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About this recipe: This hawthorn ketchup is just like the commercial brown sauce we all know and love except homemade and bursting with lots of additional flavours from a perfect blend of spices. Gather your hawthorn berries in autumn.


Makes: 4 bottle hawthorn ketchup

  • 450g hawthorn berries
  • 280ml apple cider vinegar
  • 280ml water
  • 110g dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cloves
  • 1 pinch allspice
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 280g soft brown muscovado sugar

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

  1. Prepare the hawthorn berries by removing all the stalks, washing, draining and drying them.
  2. In a large preserving pan, combine the haws, vinegar, water, dates and spices and simmer over a low heat for 1 hour.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a jelly bag and squeeze out the juice into a measuring jug. Add the lemon juice and sugar and bring to the boil stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Transfer to sterilised bottles and seal immediately. Store in the fridge once opened.

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