Irish Black Butter 225g
Influenced by the many exciting developments in the wake of a successful Year of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland, farmer Alastair Bell approached chef Paul Clarke for advice on how to develop an apple-based product which he had in mind. Already the holder of several Great Taste Awards for jams and sauces, Paul was tremendously supportive and helped to perfect the ingredients and recipe for the "butter" (which isn't actually a dairy product!).
The ensuing Irish Black Butter has a delicious flavour, a rich warm aroma and a firm texture. Containing Armagh Bramley Apples, other ingredients include cider, brandy, treacle and a particular blend of spices resulting in a unique condiment that is a cross between sweet and savoury. It makes an ideal accompaniment for cheese and cold meats, for use as a glaze on ham, a spread on toast, soda farls or with scones and cream.