Laura's fruity chutney

Laura's fruity chutney

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(16 ratings)

Ready in 35-40 mins, plus about 1½ hrs cooking

More effort

Makes about 2 litres/3½ pints
Chutney is one of the easiest preserves to make – and its punchy flavours bring out the best in cheese and cold meats

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: nutrition per rounded tablespoon

  • kcal57
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.08g
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  • 900g plum



    The juiciest fruit in the stone fruit family, plums come in many different varieties, some sweet…

  • 2 Bramley apples (about 550g/1lb 4oz)
    Bramley apples

    Bramley apple

    bram-lee app-el

    A large, flattish cooking apple, green in appearance but sometimes with specks of red. The flesh…

  • 450g pear



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • 1 large mango
  • 900g muscovado sugar
  • 500ml bottle cider vinegar
  • 2 medium onions (not red)



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

  • 85g chopped stem ginger (from a jar of ginger in syrup, or crystallized)
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp mustard seed
  • 1 rounded tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp crushed dried chillies



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Halve, stone and chop the plums (about the same size as you would for an apple pie – not too big, not too small). Drop them into a large saucepan. Core, peel and chop the apples and pears in the same way. Peel, stone and chop the mango. Put all the fruit in the pan.

  2. Stir sugar, vinegar, onions, ginger, garlic, mustard seeds, coriander, crushed chillies and salt into the pan, then drop the cinnamon stick on top. Heat slowly for about 20 mins, giving an occasional stir, until the sugar has dissolved. Now leave the chutney to simmer at a steady pace, without a lid, stirring occasionally until reduced and thickened, but still with a nice balance of syrupy juice. This will take about 1½ hrs. You don’t want to cook it until all the liquid has gone, as it will thicken once it cools. Discard the cinnamon stick.

  3. Using a heatproof jug, pour the chutney while still hot into sterilised jars. It will keep for about a year in a cool, dry place.

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joannewaine's picture
11th Nov, 2010
Very tasty recipe!
12th Sep, 2009
Brilliant. Another winner!
24th Aug, 2009
oops forgot to rate!
24th Aug, 2009
what a lovely, simple, fuss free chutney. had been given loads of apples and plums by a neighbour and decided to do something with them right there and then - the best thing about this recipe was that i didn't have to go shopping for ingredients as i often do for chutneys and the like; i did it completely out of my store cupboard, just substitued the mango for a tin of peaches!! turned out perfectly, 4 quite big jars and one smaller one. couldn't resist keeping a little so i could try it, the smell was wonderful, and it tastes fab, even at this early stage.
19th Aug, 2009
I followed the recipe exactly however found it took 2 hours to reduce and I still had to remove some of the liquid. Maybe my plums had a high water content!! Apart from that it smells and seems like it will taste great.
9th Aug, 2009
Just finished making this chutney and put in jars the smell is brilliant it is everywhere. Will comment again once we start eating it.We stuck to the recipe.My wife would like sultanas in it maybe next time.
1st Apr, 2009
i made this at christmas for presents, everyone loved it!! and it went great with left over meats from christmas day and cheese
11th Dec, 2008
I made this chutney a few years ago and it is fantastic, you do need an awful lot of fruit for it so probably best to try when the fruit is in season so it will be cheaper to make but it really is worth making. Especially good in a cheese sandwich!!
7th Dec, 2008
made this chutney last month - easy peasy & bottled. Just had my first taste this lunch time - its delicious!!! Takes time to chop everything up but really worth the effort (have something good on the radio) - great colour and just the right thickness. Definitely one to make again!!!
25th Dec, 2007
gave in to my mum & dad as a xmas pressie.... they really thought it was great..!!!


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