I was given a large bag of cooking apples and decided to make chutney out of them. Jars of homemade preserves make great homemade Christmas gifts and this chutney recipe is really easy and requires little effort.
1kg cooking apples, peeled and diced
2 onions, finely chopped
500ml cider vinegar
2 cups chopped pitted dates
2 cups sultanas
4cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
4 cups demerara sugar
1 Tbsp salt
½ tsp chilli powder
Put all the ingredients in a large saucepan or preserving pan. Gently bring the ingredients to the boil, stirring it until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Once boiling, turn the heat down and simmer the mixture faily hard, stirring it regularly, for about 1 hour 15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced and the mixture has thickened.
Have sterilised jars ready, mine were heating in the oven for the last 30 minutes that the chutney was boiling. Spoon the cooked chutney into sterilised jars and seal the jars well. Store the jars of chutney in a cool dark place a one month before you use it to allow the flavours to mature.
This recipe has been submitted for the Let's Make Christmas - Foodie Blogger Gift Swap organised by the most fabulous cookbook author and blogger Vanessa Kimbell.