Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Recipe - Apple Chutney

Autumn to me is the season of preserves and chutney and one of the first things I whip up at this time of year is my Apple Chutney. It goes beautifully with cheese and crackers (or even in a cheese sandwich) but my favourite way to eat it is spread on a piece of thick cut toast, with grated cheddar sprinkled atop and grilled until the cheese is gooey and melted. Delicious!

It's a bit of a slow burner this one, you need to cook it slowly then allow it a month to mature before you enjoy it. And I'm not going to lie, chopping 1.5kg of apples this small is a bit laborious. But it's a super simple recipe and I promise you it's worth the time.

You will need

1.5kg cooking apples
500g onions
500g sultanas
750g demerara sugar
500ml white wine vinegar
zest and juice of two lemons
1 small red chilli
1tsp ground ginger
half tsp cinnamon
1tsp ground allspice
pinch of ground cloves
half tsp Maldon salt
8 peppercorns
1tbsp mustard seeds

Peel, core and chop the apples small. Peel and chop the onions small too - I actually give the onions a really brief blitz in the food processor but this isn't strictly necessary. 

Add all of the ingredients to a large pan (I like to use my trusty stock pot) and bring to the boil.

Give it a good stir and turn down the heat. Simmer very gently until thickened, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, for at least 4 hours.

It is ready when drawing a spoon across the surface leaves a definite track mark.

Decant into jars and allow to mature for a month before tucking in

Do you like chutney? Do you think you'll give this one a try?


  1. Ohh, Cider with Rosie Bee posted up a chutney recipe today too- looks like I'm gonna be busy!! This looks delicious, and I bet the smell is absolutely divine while it's cooking xx

    1. The smell really is yum - just like Christmas xx

  2. This looks delicious! might have to give this a try!
    Abi x


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