Thursday, March 31, 2011

Recipe: Spiced Apple and Apricot Chutney


Stocking up my chutney stores! I have a fair few jars now, i might chillour for a bit on my frantic preserving! I love it though, makes me feel all economical and somewhat "Victorian". I used almost all my jellies, jams and chutneys over Christmas as gifts. Homemade preserves, or homemade flavoured spirits (i have made blackberry vodka, raspberry vodka, elderberry vodka, blackberry brandy, etc.) make the best gifts, in my opinion. Because it shows you have put some effort and thought into it, and it's fairly economical as well. This chutney is really nice with smoked cheese, like applewood cheddar....mmm.... have you ever tried that? It's UBER tasty. Reminds me of the countryside, and autumn bonfires, lol!

Spiced Apple and Apricot Chutney (makes 1.2kg) 6 x 200g jars, 94p per jar

750g diced peeled cooking apple
250g diced dried soft apricots
1 small white onion, finely diced
50ml cider vinegar
50ml white wine vinegar
200ml red wine vinegar
1 tsp garam masala
½ tsp mustard powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp salt
250g sugar

1. In a large saucepan, bring all the ingredients to the boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Ladle the chutney into jars, allow to cool, and seal. Leave for two weeks before consuming.

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