While shop bought sauces are often loaded with sugar, Lisa Allen's homemade brown sauce recipe proves the old adage 'fresh is best'. Don't be put off by the amount of ingredients – they simply need mixing together and simmering to achieve a beautiful sauce with perfectly balanced layers of flavour. Serve alongside sausages, eggs and bacon for a fabulous breakfast treat.
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Begin by preparing the tomatoes. Using the tip of a sharp knife, score a cross in the base of each tomato. Blanch carefully in boiling water, immediately plunging into ice water to cool (this process should loosen the skins of the tomatoes). Peel and deseed the tomatoes, then chop the flesh into chunks and set to one side
500g of tomatoes
Place a large pan over a medium heat and add a small dash of oil. Sweat the onions without allowing them to colour, then add the spices and seasonings, chopped tomatoes, fruit, water, treacle and Worcestershire sauce to the pan
225g of onion, finely chopped
15g of ginger
1 bay leaf
1/2 star anise
2 pinches of white pepper
1 pinch of salt
5 juniper berries
12 fennel seeds
1/4 tsp allspice
112g of cooking apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
50g of dried apricots
700ml of water
4 tsp black treacle
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Stir well to combine, then leave to reduce gently over a light simmer. Add the vinegar, continuing to reduce until the mixture thickens to form a sauce-like consistency
100ml of red wine vinegar
Pour the sauce into a blender and blitz until smooth, adjusting the seasoning to taste. Pass through a fine sieve into a clean jar and set aside to cool. Serve immediately once cool, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week
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