Enjoy two bites of the pear in this mouth-watering snack! The rarebits are made with Cheddar, butter and Worcestershire sauce, topped with thinly sliced South African William pears, with an easy-to-make spiced pear chutney on the side.



Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Makes approximately 4 x 450g jars


750g South African William pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
300ml just-boiled water
1 large onion, chopped
375g South African plums, pitted and roughly chopped
50g raisins or sultanas
2tsp salt
300ml white vinegar
300g demerara sugar
1tsp ground ginger
1tsp ground allspice

Nutritional valuesPer servingPer 100g
of which saturates12.8g6.3g
of which sugars23.6g11.7g

  1. Put the pears into a large saucepan and cover with the just-boiled water. Add the onion, plums, raisins or sultanas, salt, vinegar, sugar, ginger and allspice. Stir well.
  2. Simmer until the chutney has reduced down and is thick and pulpy – about 45 minutes, stirring often. Remember that the chutney will only thicken a little more as it cools, so it should be the right consistency before you pot it.
  3. Pot the chutney in warm sterilised jars and seal whilst hot. Keep in a cool place and use within 6 months.

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