Christmas is THE time for chutney. Quite apart from the turkey leftovers, there’s all that ham, and tons of lovely cheese – a tangy chutney accompaniment is a must.
This chutney is loosely based on the cranberry and apple chutney in Nigella Christmas, but inspired by my very clever friend Katie, from Feeding Boys, who made a lovely autumnal pear chutney, I decided to pop in some pears and dried apricots as well. Oh, and because I love a bit of spice, I’ve added a fresh red chilli too. Leave it out if you’re not keen, or maybe deseed and just add the flesh.
A few tips:
- Make sure you cut the apples and pears into quite small pieces. My apples were frozen and I hadn’t chopped them that small, so quite a few large chunks remained. Not the end of the world, admittedly, but a bit annoying.
- If you don’t like something, substitute something else. Like cranberries? Then just do half the amount of sultanas and do the other 125g in cranberries. Don’t like dried apricots? Add some different dried fruit.
- No pears? Try quinces… or even veg – courgettes or butternut squash work well.
- Feel free to double up if you’re making presents or whatever. This recipe makes about a litre of chutney and filled two and a bit small kilners.
You will need:
1 large onion, chopped
350g apples, peeled and chopped into small chunks
250g pears, peeled and chopped into small chunks
150g dried apricots, chopped into small dice
350ml bottle of cider vinegar
1 red chilli, chopped very finely
200g brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
Bung everything into a big saucepan and stir while you bring it to the boil (see what I mean about the apple pieces?):
Once it’s boiled, turn it down to a simmer and allow to cook for 45 minutes until thick and golden brown, stirring occasionally.
Pour into sterilised jars. Click here for a link to my buddy Mammy’s excellent advice on sterilising jars.
And as this chutney makes a perfect thrifty Christmas pressie, I’ve added it to Violet Posy’s wonderful Thrifty Christmas blog. Pop over to get more thrifty inspiration and craft ideas.