Classic apple chutney

Classic apple chutney

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


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: per rounded tbsp

  • kcal123
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.17g
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  • 1½ kg cooking apples, peeled and diced



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 750g light muscovado sugar
  • 500g raisins
  • 2 medium onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp ground ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 700ml cider vinegar


  1. 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.

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Comments (78)

morrisen83's picture

how long can you keep this chutney?

alison100's picture

This turned out really well. I didn't have raisins in at the time, so used some dried, ready to eat apricots (the dark, non-sulphured ones). I chopped them up, chucked them in the pan with a few extra spices (which included a good pinch or 2 of chilli flakes, some ground cloves, ground coriander seeds etc.) and it has turned out fantastic!
Will definitley make again, as I still have lots of apples to use up. Try experimenting with a few more spices - it worked really well for me!

oklahoma63's picture

Do I weigh the apples before or after peeling & coring as this does make quite a difference ?

violet65's picture

The only thing I added was Tamarind paste 1 dessertspoonful just to give a little kick, otherwise great

davebisgrove's picture

So easy to make and after a couple of months its amazing!

debcas's picture

Made this recipe to use up the apples from my tree. It was great. Really simple, tastes delicious and won first prize in my village show!

busymummy7's picture

As a chutney novice I wasn't quite sure what to expect but this recipe hit the mark - very simple to follow and gave excellent results

nixnoonoo's picture

Very easy to make. I gave it away for Christmas presents this year, it was gratefully received and devoured!
Goes fantastically well with cheese and ham. It's especially nice in a sandwich.

foodiegirly's picture

This is so easy to make and tastes so nice - great with cheese. I didnt have mustard seeds so used mustard powder instead and the apples were windfall from a friends tree - not cooking apples.

kevski's picture

Even though I'm a lover of quince with cheese, I found this to be very sweet, and overloaded with a few things.

In the less column: raisins (400g), vinegar (5-600ml), sugar (500-600g) perhaps use a darker sugar, but only 500g
In the more column: apples (2kg)

The extra sweetness was probably down to the fact that I used eaters instead of cookers (the extra sweetness would be needed to cut through the cookers, but even so probably not that much.

stesar's picture

I made this today, it was so easy, just chuck it all in a pan.
I added less raisins & a bit of mix spice. Yum!!

cokerh's picture

this is a great chutney and so easy to do !

epicurus's picture

Lovely recipe - I made it with windfall apples that I scrumped from a field at the back of our house and will take a jar to the Harvest Thanksgiving service on Sunday. As I had some fresh ginger in the fridge, I used that instead of the powder, and realise later that I should have grated rather than chopped it - but we all love ginger and think it tastes great.

hammers901's picture

i used about 6 if i remember they were quite large but that was all i could fit in the pot

lucyreeves's picture

Please can you confirm how many apples you need????

hammers901's picture

how long is it advised to keep before using?

snowdrop2101's picture

Why have I never made chutney before? It's so easy and tastes really delicious. Next time I'll put in more onion and not as many raisins.

carolinehire's picture

I made this chutney for Christmas - it was really simple and made good use of the apples in my garden! Can't wait to try it, it smells great.


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