Remember this large bag of freshly picked apples we brought home from a barbecue about a month ago?
Well, some of them ended up in apple pies but the rest of them ended up like this.....
I made them into a double batch of Apple & Raisin Chutney, which should mature nicely to give away as Christmas presents. Not all of it of course! Some of it will do very nicely for ourselves, along with a nice cheeseboard and some oatcakes.
I base my chutney recipe on Nigella's Spiced Apple Chutney from How to be a Domestic Goddess.
I thought I'd share my version of it, just in case anyone else wants to feel all domestic goddessy and get a head start on homemade Christmas gifts. Or even just to keep in your own larder!
You will need:
500g cooking apples, peeled and roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
250g brown sugar
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled & grated
1 - 2 handfuls raisins or sultanas
350ml cider vinegar
Just put everything into a large pan and bring it to the boil. Let it simmer away over a low to medium heat for between 45 minutes to an hour, until you see it thickening nicely and the apples have gone mushy.
Then just cool a little before spooning into sterilised jars.
It really couldn't be much easier.