This is a very easy apple chutney recipe that I have made for the past two years. It never lasts long and makes a lovely gift. Will store for about a year.
You will need:
About 5/6 jam jars
1 whole bulb of Garlic
1.5 kg Apples, cored and chopped into small chunks
3 Onions, peeled & chopped into small chunks
1/2 cup of Raisins
1 tsp ground Coriander
1 tsp Mixed Spice
1 tsp Salt
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 cups Cider Vinegar
Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees C
Slice the top off the garlic bulb so that you can see the flesh of the garlic cloves peeking out of the skins. Bake the garlic bulb with the top side up for about 45 minutes.
While the garlic is roasting put all the other ingredients into a large heavy pan and heat gently, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Now bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer. Once the garlic is ready add it to the mixture. Squeeze it from the root side out the top and stir it into the mixture. Let the chutney simmer uncovered for 1-2 hours, stirring every now and then. If the mixture starts to dry out add a little water and feel free to adjust the sugar & vinegar to your taste.
The chutney is ready when it thickens and becomes glossy and nicely combined. If you drag a spoon through the mixture and it stays separated for long enough to reveal the bottom of the pan, it’s done. Spoon the mixture into sterilised jars while it is still warm, better still eat it while its warm!
Little jars of home-made chutney make very welcome gifts 🙂
How to sterilise jars:
Wash jars thoroughly in hot soapy water and rinse in clean warm water. Leave to dry naturally and set the oven to 180C. Arrange the jars onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Make sure the jars are not touching each other. Pop the jars into the oven and leave to sterilise for at least 20 minutes. When the chutney is ready remove the jars from the oven and fill with the mixture, making sure you fill them while the chutney is hot as is the jar.
*Do NOT add cold food to hot jars, or hot food to cold jars otherwise the jar will shatter.