Orchard Fruit Chutney and Walnut Scones

Monday, 21 December 2015

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I am a little bit late getting to my Degusta box this month, but I promise you it will be well worth the wait, especially when you try out these delicious Orchard Fruit Chutney and Walnut Scones I made using ingredients from the November box.  This was a really great box!

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To those not in the know, if you sign up for it, once a month, every month . . . Degustabox will deliver to your home 9 to 14 new, special or innovative food products for you to try in the comfort of your own home via a subscription service. A monthly subscription costs £9.99 and there is a delivery fee of £3, for a total of £12.99, and what you receive can be tailored to the types of things that you like and would use. To me it's a bit like a foodie Christmas every month of the year! I really love them! This is what was in my November box . . .

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In our Cambridgeshire genius kitchen we have crafted contemporary tasting pickles rooted in the Victorian pursuit of preserving, using only naturally grown vegetables, herbs, spices and fine traditional vinegars. Our fine range of products includes British Baby Beetroot, British Sweet Sliced Beetroot, Sweet Silverskin Onions, British Pickled Onions and British Pickled Red Cabbage. Our pickles are lovingly produced in Cambridgeshire, using vegetables predominantly sourced from the East Anglia region.

I love pickled beetroot and we have been enjoying these in our salads, on sandwiches and with our dinners!  Yum!

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Hartley’s Glitter Jelly - Calling all princesses – glittery jellies have arrived! This glittery wobbly treat will add an extra sparkle to midweek desserts. With its eye-catching edible glitter, this glamorous jelly is sure to please the kids (and the grown-ups too!). It will be the star performer at any birthday party. Free from artificial colours and flavours and suitable for vegetarians, the jelly is available in Strawberry and Raspberry flavours and is contained within dazzling glitter-effect packets – get ready to embrace your inner sparkle!

Hartley’s Black Cherry Jelly - Make fun and fruity jelly creations with Hartley’s Jelly Cubes, great for birthday parties and delicious with fruit for a mid week treat. The newest addition to the range, Black Cherry flavour, is perfect for making Black Forest Trifles this Christmas. Hartley’s Black Cherry Jelly is free from artificial colours and flavours.

I love my jelly and I cannot way to use the Glitter Jelly on Christmas day!

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JIMJAMS 1 X £2.79

One of Degustabox's Discoveries for November.  JimJams is a Great Taste Award Winning Brand that provides a full range of healthier spreads, including a delicious "No added Sugar and Gluten Free" Chocolate Spread.  Their spreads are kinder on teeth and nearly half the calories of sugared versions and are diabetic friendly.

I was SUPER excited about this!  Especially seeing as I was recently diagnosed as a Diabetic and am watching my sugars!  And, to top it off, it's tasty too!  Yay!

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RYVITA Thins 1 X £1.29
Deliciously moreish Ryvita Thins are the perfect snack to dip, dunk and devour with friends and family. They've added mature cheddar and a tongue-tingling sprinkle of cracked black pepper to this award winning flavour - enjoy!

I have always been a big fan of the Ryvita products.  These deliver great taste in a low fat and calorie snacking option.

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RYVITA Green and Black Olive Crackers 1 X £1.29

Ryvita’s distinctively crispy Crackers have been baked with the tastiest ingredients to get your taste-buds tingling. Try Black Pepper with a slice of Stilton, Spiced Apple Chutney with a wedge of creamy brie and Green & Black Olive with Sun-dried tomato and Feta for the ultimate taste sensations. Find the full range in Tesco!

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TEISSEIRE Gourmet Drops 2 X £2.79

Vanilla and Caramel flavoured drops that transform any hot drink. In a handy pack, they are easy to flavour your drink just the way you like it. USE THEM IN...Hot Drinks, Cold Drinks, Alcohol. A DASH OF FRENCH FLAIR

Convenient and tasty!

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BUTTERKIST Salted Caramel 1 X £2.09  (156g bag)

A smooth caramel perfecty balanced with a hint of salt.  Butterkist's Discovereies Salted Caramel  Flavour is the sweethero of this new range, espertly created recipes in the most adventurous flavours yet.  Availavble now in Asda, Sainsbury and Tesco.

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BUTTERKIST Sweet and Salted 27g  1 X 55p

The most loved popcorn brand in the UK's "Best Ever", Sweet and Salted recipe is the ideal tasty snack with just 137 calories per bag and less saturated fat.   Available now at Asda and Morrisons.

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You’ve never had a snack like Nim’s before! Made in the UK, these delicious Multi Award Winning 100% fruit crisps are sliced and dried to perfection for an utterly moreish snack that counts as 1 of your 5 A Day. FFF Commended, Nim’s are high in Fibre & Vitamin C with nothing added and between 57 and 75 calories per pack, Nim’s has already bagged 3 Great Taste Awards for their Orange, Apple & Pineapple Crisps as well as being commended by children in the Children’s Category for their Apple Crisps at the Free From Food Awards. Each pack is also officially licensed by the DOH as 1 of your 5 A DAY.

I quite liked the pinepple crisps, but wasn't overly fond of the Mango bits.  I didn't think they had very much mango flavour.  It was nice however that they were baked and not fried.

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BELVITA  1 X £2.79

Enjoy a Softer Start to the Day! New Belvita Soft Bakes, promise those on-the-go a softer start to the day! Available in three different varieties: Golden Grain, Red Berries or Chocolate Chips, Soft Bakes combine delicious flavours with a soft, indulgent texture. Made with five wholegrains and rich in cereals, the brand new Soft Bakes offer a great source of fibre, containing vitamins B6, magnesium and iron. Conveniently packaged into five individual portions, they offer a nutritious and tasty breakfast to get you through the day.

Soft cookies for breakfast??  Why not!  Yum!

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 REKORDERLIG Dry Apple Cider 1 X £.1.49

Rekorderlig Dry Apple is the latest creation from The House of Rekorderlig.  A modern twist to a much loved classic.  Crisp apple cider, lightly golden in colour with a dry, clean finish.  Enjoy Dry Apple Cider perfectly chilled from the bottle for ultimate refreshment.

Holy Lama Mulled Wine Spice Drops

HOLY LAMA Spice Drops - Mulled Wine

Holy Lama brings you concentrated extracts of herbs and spices, that retain their natural goodness, flavour and taste. Make festive drinks, bakes and puddings with the Great Taste Award winning Mulled Wine Spice Drops. Vegan, gluten-free and made in a socially responsible family business. Use code “Degustabox” on www.holylamaspicedrops.com for a 15% off!

BIG fan of Holy Lama.  I use their garlic spice drops all the time.

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DIVINE Dark Chocolate with Raspberries 1 X £1.00

Divine Chocolate wants a world where chocolate is cherished and celebrated by everyone! The company is driven by a social mission to use the amazing power of chocolate to delight to bring people together to empower farmers and consumers. Divine is the only mainstream chocolate company 44% owned by the farmers who supply its cocoa, so they receive a share of Divine profits as well as receiving the Fairtrade price for their cocoa. That means when you enjoy a Divine chocolate bar, you know that it’s always Fairtrade and gives farmers a better deal.

All Divine Chocolate is made with the finest quality cocoa beans cultivated by the farmers of Kuapa Kokoo, the co-operative in Ghana who co-own the company. We use Fairtrade ingredients where possible, for example our sugar comes from farmers in Malawi and vanilla from farmers in Madagascar. All our chocolate is also natural, suitable for vegetarians and free from palm oil.

The Divine Chocolate 70% Raspberry bar is made with velvety rich dark chocolate and exuberant bursts of real raspberry. Use #Divinemoment to tell us what you think. If you like it and would like to try more Divine flavours, you can discover the range at Ocado, Waitrose, Oxfam, Booths, WHSmith Travel, Liberty and divinechocolate.com.

Big fan of dark chocolate anything!

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The perfect balancing act of aged irish whiskey woven with fresh irish dairy cream, a hint of cocoa and vanilla. This mini bottle is the perfect accompaniment to coffee or why not try mixing up a delicious flat white martini, our indulgent take on an espresso martini, rich, smooth and creamy with a coffee finish.

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Included with the Bailys was a recipe to make a flat white martini.

And finally  . . . 

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BRANSTON Orchard Fruit Chutney 1 X £1.49

Branston Orchard Fruit Chutney is perfect for those who enjoy tucking into the Christmas leftovers. Bramley apples are blended with sultanas, orange zest and spices to create the unique flavour of Orchard Fruit Chutney. This product’s on our Christmas wish list! Available in Tesco now.

We love chutney in this house and I always have a jar of Branston's chutney in the refrigerator.  This Orchard Fruit version is really nice.

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Included was a recipe card to make these Orchard Fruit Chutney and Walnut Scones and so that is the product I chose to highlight this month by making a recipe.

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And I chose to make the recipe on the card which was included.

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The dough was quite a bit damper than what I am used to working with, but that was not anything that couldn't be handled with lots of flour on the pastry board.

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They rose nicely and had a lovely flavour with little specks of tasty apple chutney throughout and some crunch from the walnuts.  They went down a real treat with some more chutney and some cheese for a bit of lunch.  These would be a great addition to the cheese board for your upcoming holiday festivities!

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*Orchard Fruit Chutney and Walnut Scones*
makes 12
A delicious way to use up all the walnuts in the nut bowl this Christmas, not to mention pop into the oven for an impromptu tea when unexpected guests come around during the holidays! 

55g butter, chopped, plus extra for greasing the baking tray (4 TBS)
235g of self raising flour (1 3/4 cups)
60g walnuts, roughly crushed (scant 2/3 cup)
(I like to toast my walnuts first)
150ml milk (5 1/2 fluid ounces)
3 TBS Branston Orchard Fruit Chutney, plus extra to serve
1 small egg, beaten
Ground Black pepper and pink pepper corns
A selection of cheese to serve 

Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 7.  Lightly butter a baking tray. 

Place the flour into a large bowl.  Drop in the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.  Stir in the walnuts and season with pepper.  Stir in the milk with a round bladed knife to form a soft dough.  Knead in the chutney.  Tip out onto a surface dusted with flour and pat out lightly.  Cut into 12 rounds using a 3 inch round cutter, dipping it into flour each time.  Dust the baking tray with more flour and place the scones onto it, leaving space inbetween each for expansion.  Brush with the beaten egg.   Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden and solid.  Allow to cool on a wire rack.   

Serve at room temperature along with a selection of cheeses and more chutney.

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 Many thanks to Degustabox for sending me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile. I also have a code which is worth a £6.00 discount off your first box when registering. Simply use the code: BLDEG15

Do check out the Degustabox web page for more information and details.

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  1. You are so creative..you can put everything to it's highest and best use!

  2. Thanks Monique. Rather that than waste it all! xo


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