Classic apple chutney

Classic apple chutney

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins - 25 mins Cook: 40 mins Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes about 1 litres/1¾ pints

Serve this classic chutney with roast crackling pork for a change from apple sauce

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per rounded tbsp

kcalories
123
protein
1g
carbs
32g
fat
1g
saturates
0g
fibre
1g
sugar
19g
salt
0.17g

Ingredients

  • 1½ kg cooking apples, peeled and diced
  • 750g light muscovado sugar
  • 500g raisins
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 700ml cider vinegar

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Method

Combine all the ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over a medium heat, then simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, for 30-40 mins, or until thick and pulpy. Remove from the heat, leave to cool and transfer to sterilised, clean, dry jars and seal.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2005

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kathjohnson's picture

i agree with some of the other comments and cut the sugar right down to 450g also used sultanas as we prefer them but only 250g and upped the onions and mustard seeds, didn't have ginger so used mixed spice and cinnamon bark which made it lovely n christmassy. very impressed with how easy to make.

pmgbarber's picture
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I have made this as a Christmas gift (pus a jar for tasting!) I substituted dried cranberries for the raisins as a seasonal twist, it is lovely, and was very easy to make. Will certainly do this again.

kathcutmore's picture

I saw this post and instead of just raisins I bought a pack of mixed raisins, sultanas and cranberries. I also soaked them in cider overnight, from another post. The chutney has come out very dark but I think I may have overcooked it - hopefully it will be OK in a couple of months' time.

kathcutmore's picture

I am going to copy this idea - bought some dried cranberries today. Thanks

vic_vega66's picture
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Further to the other comments, I let it simmer for a good 2/2.5 hours before it was thick enough to use.

vic_vega66's picture
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Gorgeous recipe, very easy to make and the house smelt delicious for days afterwards, who needs room scenters when you can make chutney? The recipe made four large jars of chutney, which are going as Xmas prezzies for friends and family.

carolinenewtonvarley's picture

Used distilled vinegar rather than cider vinegar, as making double batch and would have worked out rather expensive! Looking and smelling good. Hoping to decorate jars and wrap in cellophane along with other jams/chutneys as additional christmas presents!

ZaraD's picture
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Very very easy to make. Am so glad I read the comments first.

I made half the quantity of chutney and used:-

Ingredients

750g cooking apples , peeled and diced (after peeling weight!)
300g light muscovado sugar
250g raisins and sultana's mixed
1 medium onions , finely chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
300ml cider vinegar

It didn't really reach desired consistency until it had simmer for 1hr 20 mins but tastes wonderful!

It made 1.25 litres in total.

Will definitely be making this one again!

cazzler's picture

This is delicious! How long will it keep? I halved the receipe and still have loads.

s6carter's picture

I'm going to try soaking the raisins in old english cider and see how that will taste as I have had something similar...then will label the jars as Apple and English Cider Chutney...mmm sounds good already... ;-)

ed05ed's picture

I made this with eating apples from the garden that were too bitter to eat. I used 3kg (1.5kg once peeled and cored) which made 14 x 1lb jars!

Others have said that it was still runny after 40 mins. I 'pounded' mine after 40 mins with potato pounder (could use rolling pin instead) and it got thick after another 2 minutes.

catshevlane's picture
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It wasn't until I came to add the ground ginger that I realised we had run out! So I ended up adding some fenugreek, cardamon pods and ground cumin instead. Result = DELICIOUS! It did take alot longer than the recipe stated to boil down but that is fine and I have to say I thought 30/40 mins was rather optimistic.

kirtony's picture
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I also had some timing issues like those mentioned in other posts. From start to finish it took me 2 hours 45 minutes. I would really like to meet the person who can peel, core and dice 1.5 kg of cooking apples in 20-25 minutes! That said, the finished product was absolutely beautiful while still warm with a little ham on toast. I followed the quantities stated in the recipe and it made 12 x 8oz jars and 2 x 375ml Kilner jars (about 3L in all).

janicechegwidden's picture
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This was the first time that I had made chutney and the results were fantastic. Look forward to trying some other chutney recipes now

grumpyoldgit's picture
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Further to comment above.

I've looked through previous comments and see that several posters have made a similar points. That the mixture is too runny and needs considerably more than the 40 minutes quoted. I did use sultanas rather than raisins and wonder whether that might have contributed to my problem. The mixture still needs a couple of hours on simmer though to go dark and pulpy.

grumpyoldgit's picture
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Surprisingly, I'm having a bit of a difficulty with this recipe. 700ml is a lot of liquid and 30-40 minutes is a very short time for the mixture to go thick and pulpy. Most recipes suggest 2 hours or so. After 2 1/2 hours the mixture is darkening and softening but there is still too much liquid. I'm not sure where I have gone wrong. I made your spiced courgette chutney a couple of weeks ago and the consistency was fine.

rachelanncurtis42's picture

Just about to have ago.
going to add some garlic and chilli.
wish me luck.
I have so many apples (windfalls) any other great ideas?

queenjill's picture

Hi

How long will the apple chutney keep?

heidijames73's picture

Love this recipe... makes a lovely gift... thanks guys for all your suggestions!!

lzwierko's picture
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Mine was a little runny but cooked it for more than an hour to see if it would thicken up. Not sure what I did wrong ? I used Granny Smith apples as I'm in the USA and not sure what cooking apples they use over here yet. But it tastes awesome ! and made loads.

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