Apple & cranberry chutney

Apple & cranberry chutney

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(77 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins


Makes 4 x 500g jars
Chutneys are fantastic presents because they really improve with age and go brilliantly with Christmas cheeses and cold meats

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (25g)

  • kcal35
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g


  • 1kg cooking apples, peeled and chopped into small chunks



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

  • 500g eating apple, peeled and chopped into large chunks



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

  • 450g onion, sliced



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

  • 50g fresh root ginger, finely chopped



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

  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 500g granulated sugar
  • 250ml cider vinegar
  • 500g cranberry


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…


  1. Place all ingredients except cranberries in a large heavy-based saucepan, then gently heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 50 mins, stirring regularly until the apples and onions are tender, the mixture has thickened and no watery juice remains.

  2. Add the cranberries, then cook for a further 10 mins or so until just softened but not burst.

  3. Spoon the hot chutney into sterilised jars and seal (see instructions below). Store unopened in a cool, dark place. The chutney will keep for up to 6 months. Chill on opening.

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Carole Dumbleton's picture
Carole Dumbleton
31st Dec, 2019
You need to have faith when making this recipe. I followed it to the letter. Then put it in jars. The result looked as if it should be in a science lab. Red balls hanging in a yellow pulp! However, I left it to mature for 3 weeks and the colour changed to red and my friends can’t get enough of it. Tasty with both meat and cheese. It would have been so easy just to bin it, but it needs to mature. You just have to have a bit of faith.
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Zoe Dewar
4th Jan, 2019
Only in the process of making this as have leftover cranberries from Christmas. Have halved the amount and made oodles. I also added juice of an orange with main ingredients and zest with cranberries. I may have overpowered it but early days. Love the ginger coming through and the colour is looking good along with the texture. Give you an update on outcome around Easter!
4th Dec, 2018
Hmm I don’t ever struggle to follow a recipe but I struggled with this. The juices wouldn’t reduce down resulting in it simmering for far longer and my apples turned to mush. I kept the eating apples very chunky as previous reviewers have said in fact, they were so chunky I worried they were too big for a chutney. The chutney turned an unappealing brown until the cranberries went in. I’m hoping he chutney thickens in the jar as still a fair bit of juice and turns red. More importantly I’m hoping it tastes nice as I’ll be giving these as gifts. I’ll review again after Christmas.
GeorgieRose104's picture
3rd Dec, 2016
Love this recipe. Made it for the first time to go in Christmas hampers and its yummy... however the colour isnt quite as red as in the image. Im not sure if i left my chutney on the heat long enough once id added the cranberries but its fine anyway. This recipe could be cut by half because it makes soooo much!!!
1st Dec, 2016
Never made chutney before and really enjoyed making this. It was so easy, no complicated bits involved. I followed the recipe exactly, apart from, not putting any peppercorns in as I don't like them. I used frozen cranberries, defrosted. As soon as I put them in the pot, I had a beautiful festive red colour. I jarred them up in cute little jars and will be putting them in Christmas Hampers. It does taste quite sweet when first made, I would think that the flavour will change slightly while maturing. Just a tip, don't cut your apples too small, else you will end up with baby food like some reviewers have said. I kept mine quite chunky and that is how they remained.
29th Nov, 2016
Really enjoyed making this. Stuck to the recipe as I had never made chutney before. As soon as I put my frozen cranberries in it turned a beautiful festive red. It does taste quite sweet when made but that may change. I am going to put them in Xmas hampers. I think it will be a beautiful compliment to savoury.
gail-jones's picture
31st Oct, 2016
Some of my chutneys are tolerated, some of my jellies are liked, several are dodgy, but this one beats them all to the top of the list as it really works! I posted a photo of my latest batch on to Facebook and now have so many demands for a jar that I am about to make a second batch within a week. Frozen cranberries work perfectly as they are already softened a little in the freezing process and ooze the colour. As to a previous comment, what's wrong with pink? Neighbours provide the apples and get first dibs on the results. In chutney terms this is a doddle and looks so pretty dressed up in a jar with ribbon. Excellent with the Christmas turkey and equally good with pork, dark meat, or spread on a meaty sandwich.
1st Jan, 2016
This chutney is absolutely delicious! made it for hampers this year but substituted majority eating apples with a few cooking apples rather than the other way around. I also used frozen cranberries which worked perfectly. Had many family members asking for the recipe, would highly recommend.
18th Dec, 2014
Made this for the first time and it is lovely. Having read some of the comments I used two small eating apples and cut the cooking apples into larger chunks. It is quite delicious and is a lovely shade of red.
7th May, 2014
We didn't particularly like this chutney, and the colour was a disappointing pink rather than red. I won't bother making it again.


4th Dec, 2018
Can I freeze this straight after cooking? I’ve loads left over and no more sterile jars.
goodfoodteam's picture
6th Dec, 2018
Thanks for your question. We think it's worth getting your hands on some more jars as chutney isn't really designed to be frozen. If this involves a bit of a time delay, bring the chutney back up to bubbling for 5 mins or so before transferring. You can always use leftover jars from shop-bought sauces as long as they're sterilised.
17th Sep, 2017
Dried or fresh cranberries?
19th Dec, 2014
Can anyone recommend the best jam/chutney pot. I have had mine for several years and it has started to stick on one spot. It is fine when I keep stirring gently but am a bit concerned when have to leave simmering.
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Dec, 2014
Hi winnie810 thanks for your question. A preserving pan would be ideal (which is wider at the top to help the liquid evaporate off quickly) and they're also good at preventing the mixture boiling over. However, any large, heavy based stainless steel saucepan would be fine too. Hope this helps. 
5th Nov, 2014
Also, normal onions???
goodfoodteam's picture
20th Nov, 2014
Any cooking apple or eating apple and normal white onions, thanks.
5th Nov, 2014
Hello Any particular eating apple you used?? :)
anita n
7th Jan, 2014
absolutely gorgeous. made this to put in christmas hampers as gifts and everyone said how lovely it was. will definately make again!
20th Nov, 2013
Hi, I've got an open jar of minced ginger that I need to use up, will it work in this recipe? The last time I made chutney I used fresh, but find it hard to grate or whatever. Thanks in advance! :)


23rd Nov, 2015
Followed the recipe to the letter then decided it wasn't worth saving 100g of cranberries so added them. Also left them a few minutes longer till they started to burst. Colour is fantastic already as is the taste. Can't wait till Boxing day. Looks just like the picture.
23rd Nov, 2015
Used fresh cranberries and let them start to burst, colour and taste fantastic!
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