Cranberry, pineapple & date chutney

Cranberry, pineapple & date chutney

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Cooking time

Ready in about 1½ hours

Skill level

Moderately easy


About 3.2kg/7lb

Perk up cold ham and turkey with this tangy chutney. Or, make a batch, put into pretty jars, and give as Christmas gifts

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
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  • 1kg cooking apples
  • 1 medium pineapple (about 500g/1lb 2oz prepared weight)
  • 500g onions
  • 350g cranberries
  • 500g bag stoned dates
  • 250g raisins
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 10cm fresh root ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1½ l spiced vinegar
  • 750g light muscovado sugar

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  1. Peel, core and roughly chop the apples and pineapple. Peel and roughly chop the onions. Mix together the apples, pineapple, onions, cranberries, dates, raisins, garlic and ginger.
  2. Put the mix of fruit and vegetables in batches through the food processor until finely chopped. Tip into a large wide pan or preserving pan.
  3. Add the spices, salt and vinegar and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 mins until the apple is pulpy, then add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Bring to theboil, then simmer for about 40-45 mins, until the chutney is thick and pulpy.
  4. Pot into warm, sterilised jars. Seal, label and store for at least a month in a cool dry place.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2004

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Abi64's picture

It's not clear how much spiced vinegar to use in this recipe. I will be thankful if some one make it clear for me.

ladymeerkat's picture

this chutney is absolutely divine!!! To die for!! my first time ever making a chutney and I was very dubious. however, I followed the recipe and method to the letter, and WOW!!

jojocherryblossom's picture

ended up with too much liqued think i may have gone wrong :/ still going to add to jars and cross fingers as its gifts *eek* will strain first lol

patriciavanzyl's picture

What is the quantity of vinegar needed. The recipe is incomplete.

caroleannallen's picture

I used cider apple vinegar & fresh cranberries & ready sliced fresh pineapple all from Sainsbury's then put the lot into my new Tefel jam making machine and set the time for 30 minutes then sat back and waited - result the best chutney I've ever tasted.

normandy-tarte's picture

I'm in Normandy France so pickling vinegar is not available here - what are the suggestions for alternative?

domesticgoddess's picture
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I thought it was a bit vinegary when I first tasted it but it calmed down a couple of weeks later. Made this wonderful chutney last Christmas and gave them as gifts - its October and they are still talking about it!!!! Big Mary Cadogan fan!!

burcham's picture

What is spiced veinegar? I am in California and not sure what to add yo make my own.

margaret3948's picture

I used vinegar suitable for pickling, not spiced, and it turned out beautifully. I found it took a lot longer to cook than stated in the recipe. Will certainly make it again next year.

sharoni's picture

Spiced vinegar is unavailable here in Australia could anyone please suggest an alternative.....

thank you

donahilaria's picture
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A smashing recipe. I used fresh cranberries. When I had peeled and cored the apples, I found I was a bit short of 1 kg. Being unsure as to whether the 1 kg apple quantity was prepared weight or gross weight, I made up the shortfall of apple with more cranberry - it's a hard life, but someone's got to live it! The chutney is delicious, so obviously those apple quantities didn't make a lot of difference and the result was thirteen bottles, some of which will be used to raise money for the choir I sing in :-). And yes, the 1.5 litres of pickling vinegar is essential for the quanity of fruit etc in the recipe.

etunstill's picture

Spiced vinegar is found next to all the vinegar in the supermarket. It's the type of vinegar you get pickled onions in and yes you do need 1 and a half litres - it a lot you are making. I made 7 jars (50cl) worth.
Oh and I used frozen cranberries (from freezer section)..
hope that helps.

mef7276's picture

Are the cranberries dried or fresh?

coturner's picture

What is spiced vinegar? where do I find it or how do I make it!

sjarogers's picture

I have a query : I am about to go shopping for the ingredients for this cranberry chutney and can I assume that the volume of spiced vinegar should be 1� pints. 1� litres seems an awful lots of vinegar. It doesn't make it clear on the ingredients list.