Classic apple chutney

Classic apple chutney

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(41 ratings)

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 onions, 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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16th Oct, 2013
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.
11th Oct, 2013
I am going to copy this idea - bought some dried cranberries today. Thanks
25th Nov, 2011
Further to the other comments, I let it simmer for a good 2/2.5 hours before it was thick enough to use.
25th Nov, 2011
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.
13th Nov, 2011
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!
10th Nov, 2011
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!
23rd Oct, 2011
This is delicious! How long will it keep? I halved the receipe and still have loads.
21st Oct, 2011
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... ;-)
8th Oct, 2011
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.
13th Sep, 2011
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.


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