Spiced Apple Chutney

Those of you on Twitter may already know that a few nights ago, a friend of mine called to see me with a rather large sack of cooking apples that she’d gathered on her farm.  When she told me she had some apples for me, I had only expected a carrier bag full and was intending on making an Apple Tarts or an Apple Crumble so you can imagine how surprised I was to see her come in the door with a 10kg potato sack full!

That made me think then, that I couldn’t just make Apple Tarts with so many apples so I set about looking for something else to do with them.  I received some great suggestions from the Irish Foodies on twitter, which I will be trying out over the next couple of days, but the first thing I wanted to try was a Chutney.

I searched online and found this recipe of Keith Floyd’s on the BBC Food website and decided I’d try this one:

Spiced Apple Chutney

What you need

225g Onion

900g (2lb) Apples (cored & chopped)

110g Sultanas/Raisins/Chopped Dates (I used Sultanas)

15g Ground Coriander

15g Paprika

15g Mixed Spice

15g Salt

340g Granulated Sugar

425ml Malt Vinegar

Method

Put all the ingredients into a preserving pan

Slowly bring to the boil until the sugar has dissolved

Simmer for 1.5 – 2 hours, stirring from time to time to stop the chutney from sticking to the pan

When it is very thick, you should be able to draw a wooden spoon across the base of the pan so that it leaves a channel behind it that does not immediately fill with liquid.  This means that the chutney is ready.

Pour into sterilised jars, seal and cool.

Store in a dark cupboard for 2-3 months before eating.

TO STERILISE THE JARS:

Pre heat oven to at least 120c.

Wash jars in warm soapy water, then rinse and dry.

Place the upturned jars on a baking tray in the oven for approx 15 minutes until completely dry.

Leave them upturned on a clean dry tea towel until you are ready to use them.

NOTE: The recipe says that it will make 4-6 jars, I can only assume they are standard jam jars as I used a 1 litre size clip jar from Asda and only filled one (see picture).

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