Monday, 22 September 2014

Make it Monday - Apple & Raisin Chutney

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.

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