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Mustard fruits

Australian Gourmet Traveller Christmas recipe for mustard fruits.

By Emma Knowles, Lisa Featherby & Adelaide Lucas
  • Serves 10
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking plus cooling
Mustard fruits
Mustard fruits

This is the perfect accompaniment to <a href="/cider_apple_glazed_ham.htm">glazed ham</a> (shown here). Makes about 750ml.


  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 330 gm (1½ cups) white sugar
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp hot English mustard
  • 6 small fresh bay leaves
  • 100 gm each dried pears and dried peaches
  • 100 gm dried wild figs, softened in boiling water for 20 minutes, drained


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    Wrap spices in muslin, tie securely with kitchen string and set aside. Combine sugar, vinegar, mustard, 1 tsp sea salt and 125ml water in a saucepan and cook, stirring over medium heat, until sugar dissolves. Add muslin bag and bay leaves and bring to the boil. Cook until reduced to 1½ cups (10-15 minutes). Add dried fruit, return to the boil and cook until fruit is soft and translucent (5-10 minutes). Spoon into a sterilised 1 litre-capacity jar, seal with a lid and invert until cooled to room temperature. Mustard fruits will keep in refrigerator for up to 3 months.
  • Author: Emma Knowles, Lisa Featherby & Adelaide Lucas