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HP “brown” sauce

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This is how my mom and I made HP sauce… which we both adore, as do most Brits who lovingly refer to the stuff as “brown sauce”. It is a staple in the UK kitchen and cafe alike. I have always wanted to make my own, especially after realizing that these days HP is made mainly of corn and gmo corn by products with the just the right amount of seasoning.

My version is cross between HP fruity and HP bold, it has a good kick and a fruity underbelly, complete with hints of tamirind and ginger, garlic and vinegar. For those of you who can’t begin to understand what makes HP so special, think of it as a fruit chutney that reeks of comfort food companionship for most everything; from eggs, sausage, potatoes, cheese and toast to roast beef, french fries, perogies and pot pie. mmm…

HP

In a large pot cook down:

20 cups of plum (half apple and half plum might be nice too)

1 cup water

2 onions diced

6 cloves of garlic crushed

2″ of fresh ginger root

simmer all of this down for about 20 minutes

now is time to spice it up! Add:

2 tbsp tamarind paste

2 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp all spice (or equal parts cinnamon, ginger and cloves)

2 tbsp nutmeg

2 tbsp cayane

1/4 cup course salt

1/4 cup worchestershire sauce

2 tbsp molasses

2 cups malt vinegar

4 cups apple cider vinegar

3 cups of organic cane sugar

After bubbling away for about 15 more minutes, hit the pot with a immersion blender and get the lot smooth and saucy.

Preserve in sterile jars, and process for 10 minutes in a hot water bath, or using a steam canner.

The recipe yields 6 Litres of yummy HP sauce.

*As always when canning please use safe and current techniques! Here is my quick guide for canning success, for your reference.

Ingredients

20 cups of plum (half apple and half plum might be nice too)
1 cup water
2 onions diced
6 cloves of garlic crushed
2″ of fresh ginger root
2 tbsp tamarind paste
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp all spice (or equal parts cinnamon, ginger and cloves)
2 tbsp nutmeg
2 tbsp cayane
1/4 cup course salt
1/4 cup worchestershire sauce
2 tbsp molasses
2 cups malt vinegar
4 cups apple cider vinegar
3 cups of organic cane sugar
* You can click off ingredients as you use them or check if you have them