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Spiced Apple Chutney – Easy, Delicious and Simply The Best

Spiced Apple Chutney

Christmas, Gifts, Preserves | 22nd October 2017 | By

Apples have to be the best autumn treasure. They are versatile, delicious and can keep well. This year, they are also abundant. If you have more apples than you know what to do with, or even if you don’t, I urge you to make a batch of this spiced apple chutney.

Spiced Apple Chutney

I’ve made  quite a few chutneys in my time, but this spiced apple chutney is the one I keep coming back to. I make a batch of it every year. The jars go into the back of the cupboard and stay there until the chutney has matured. It’s a good recipe to make for Christmas; the chutney is just about ready to eat by then. It’s an essential accompaniment to a good cheeseboard, but also makes a lovely addition to a Christmas hamper or a gift to cheer up the neighbours.

Spiced Apple Chutney.

The chutney is best made with cooking apples, though it’s a useful recipe to make the most of windfalls too. It’s simple to prepare, even if there is a fair amount of peeling, coring and chopping involved. If using windfalls, do make sure any brown bits are removed as these could affect the chutney’s keeping qualities. Otherwise, just bung everything into a large pan and let it simmer away until the mixture is thick and the liquid has disappeared. This usually takes about 20 minutes.

Kombucha Vinegar

This year I used my homemade kombucha vinegar for the first time. It was just as good as the usual apple cider vinegar so I’m feeling rather pleased with myself. Sadly, my empty jars were all back in Cornwall, so I had to make one large jar which isn’t nearly as satisfying nor as useful. I shall just have to make another batch when I get my jars.

Spiced Apple Chutney

We’ve found this spiced apple chutney is at its absolute best about six months to a year after being made. The rawness of the vinegar has long since mellowed and the flavours have coalesced into a pleasing whole. It’s fruity, but not too sweet nor too sour and it has a pleasing autumnal colour. It has a slight kick from the ginger and chilli, but not enough to put anyone off. In fact, it’s quite delicious. Please give it a go.

This recipe makes 4-5 small jars, but can easily be doubled to make more.

Sterilise The Jars

It’s important to sterilise jars before pouring in the spiced apple chutney. This can be done in two ways

  1. Run the jars and lids through a dishwasher cycle.
  2. Wash the jars with hot soapy water and rinse well. Place in an oven and heat it to 125℃. Once the oven has reached full temperature, leave them there for 15 minutes. The lids will need to be boiled in a pan of water for a couple of minutes as the oven will destroy any plastic coating.

Ladle the warm chutney into the jars whilst they’re hot. This will prevent the jars from cracking.

An alternative way of sterilising the lids I learned from Pam Corbin, is to seal the jars immediately after filling and turn them upside down for a few minutes so the hot contents can do the job for you. This is the method I used this time as I had no wax discs available.

Spiced Apple Chutney – The Recipe

Spiced Apple Chutney.
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Spiced Apple Chutney
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
A good way to use up any windfall or cooking apples, this easy to make chutney is neither too sweet, nor too sour. It's just delicious.
Cuisine: British
Serves: 5 jars
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
Ingredients
  • 700 g cooking or windfall apples - peeled cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion - peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves - peeled and finely chopped
  • 250 ml apple cider vinegar or kombucha vinegar
  • 125 g demerara or golden caster sugar
  • 1 red chilli - finely chopped or 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp root ginger - grated
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a large pan and bring to the boil.
  2. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The chutney is ready when the apples have virtually disintegrated and the mixture has thickened.
  3. Pour into warm sterilised jars. Tap the jars to remove air pockets. Cover with waxed discs, then screw on the lids, label and store.
Recipe Notes

Store in a cool dark place for up to 1 year. Best left for at least a month before eating. Keep in the fridge once opened.

Blog Link-Ups

#CookBlogShareI’m sharing my spiced apple chutney with #CookBlogShare hosted, this week, by Hijacked by Twins.

 

 

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Comments

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      Choclette
      22nd October 2017

      It tastes good, but still a bit vinegary. It needs time to mature and mellow.

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      Choclette
      23rd October 2017

      It’s kombucha vinegar rather than kombucha – ie when it’s been left so long it turns to vinegar (not always planned). But it’s really good and tastes much like apple cider vinegar.

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    Elizabeth
    22nd October 2017

    What a gorgeous flavoured chutney! I love all these spices! I bet this would taste great with cheese and oatcakes. 🙂

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      Choclette
      23rd October 2017

      Thanks Elizabeth. I can attest it makes a perfect accompaniment to cheese and oatcakes 😉

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    Janice
    22nd October 2017

    This looks gorgeous. I’ve just used the last of my apples from our tree, but I may buy some to make more chutney later, I’ll certainly bookmark it for next year.

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      Choclette
      23rd October 2017

      Well done on using all your apples. It’s quite a feat. They seem to be dripping off the trees here, though I’ve only the windfalls from a neigbours garden.

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    Michelle Rolfe
    22nd October 2017

    Looks lovely! And no raisins! Yeah! I’m not a huge fan of them in all chutneys so this one looks perfect for my Christmas cheeseboard!

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      Choclette
      23rd October 2017

      Oh, I know exactly what you mean. I remember apple chutney from when I was growing up. It had raisins in and wasn’t at all nice. This is a very different beast.

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    Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    23rd October 2017

    Can you believe I’ve never tried an apple chutney – I absolutely love the sound of it – sounds like a geeat addition to a Christmas hamper as you say. 😀
    Angela x

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      Choclette
      23rd October 2017

      It’s my favourite chutney Angela and has stood the test of time 🙂

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    Claire Thomas
    23rd October 2017

    I am going to make this next week with some cooking apples my friend gave me – I will then be able to gift a jar back to her at Christmas! The mix of spice sounds amazing!

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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    23rd October 2017

    Oooh this looks and sounds so good! The perfect addition to a cheese and wine night! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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      Choclette
      1st November 2017

      Chilli and ginger are a must. I don’t add too much chilli as not everyone likes it, but you can always add more if you’re a chilli fiend like me.

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    Jacqui Bellefontaine
    24th October 2017

    I have a ton of apples and tis looks very different to my usual apple chutney so Im going to make this will let you know when its done

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    Nico @ yumsome
    24th October 2017

    You totally had me at chutney!

    I’ve just made a batch of apple, tomato, and onion chutney (I used booch vinegar too!), and now I’m sitting here, looking at the rest of the sack of apples I have on my kitchen table, wondering whether should make a batch of yours, and will I have enough room in my luggage to take it with me in December!

    That’s a fab tip about sterilising the lids, I’ve not heard of that one before but I shall remember it from now on! xx

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      Choclette
      1st November 2017

      Yay, lets have it for kombucha 🙂

      Adding tomatoes to apple is not something I’ve tried. Now I really want to. The trouble with traveling is you can never pack everything you want. Good luck.

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      Choclette
      1st November 2017

      Ooh yum, cheese on toast. That’s my husband’s favourite way to eat chutney too.

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    Sarojini
    25th October 2017

    So glad to be back here after a long break from blogging This chutney recipe looks fab, thanks!

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      Choclette
      1st November 2017

      Thank you. Hope you’ve had a break for good reasons. Either way welcome back.

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      Choclette
      29th October 2017

      Yes very true. I rarely think to add chutney to my burger, but I really should.

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    Jo / Jo's Kitchen Larder
    26th October 2017

    Sounds fantastic! I do love a good chutney with the cheese board and this one sounds so inviting. I do like the fact that it has got a bit of a kick too!. x

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      Choclette
      29th October 2017

      You’re so right Jo, no cheese board is complete without a good chutney 🙂

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    Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist
    29th October 2017

    This chutney sounds totally amazing Choclette. I love it when you create a recipe which becomes a must have every year and is made with fresh, local ingredients. Mine has to be my Pear and Ginger preserve which goes perfectly with cheese….. I think I may have to give yours a go though. It sounds wonderful x

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      Choclette
      1st November 2017

      Pear and ginger sounds wonderful too. I just love autumn and the abundance of wonderful produce that comes with it.

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