Home-made Apple Chutney
We are a very “un-sweet” family. Sugar has never been part of the pantry staples although we do eat a lot of natural sugars via fruit. When we were in the UK visiting my parents my Dad had made some apple chutney. We all loved it. It’s the perfect sweet, spicy, savoury accompaniment to cheese, meat or salads. Although it’s full of sugars via the dried fruit there is no other sweetener. It is a lovely, treat addition to a meal and Joe and I make a big batch that we bottle and store.
The recipe is very flexible so you can chop and change ingredients and use more or less of anything without doing the end result any harm!
Check out Joe and I making a batch on video:
Recipe (this is for a large batch)
– 600g apples diced (tart apples are best – and if they are battered no problem!)
– 600g sultanas (or raisins/currants/mixed fruit)
– 600g chopped dates (or apricots)
– Salt. A sprinkle.
– 1 tsp black pepper
– 1 heaped tsp nutmeg
– ½ tsp allspice
– 1 tsp chilli powder (or fresh chilly chopped)
– 4 tsp chopped fresh ginger
– 4 tsp mustard powder
– 3 tsp coriander powder
– Vinegar (malt or Apple Cider Vinegar) – add enough to soak the fruit
1. Chop the apples up very finely.
2. Add everything to a mixing bowl and combine really well.
3. Add vinegar until the fruit is soaked.
4. Cover the bowl and stir every hour for 24 hours (whilst you’re awake!)
5. The chutney will be very sticky when done.
6. Spoon into sterilised jars and place in the fridge until needed.
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