I love having chutney around the house but often find the bought kind is either too sweet, too curried, too spicy or too expensive. Experience has taught me that the answer is to make my own. With the season of nut roasts and barbecues fast approaching, I decided we had gone without chutney too long.
A recipe for apple and cranberry chutney took my fancy. Though unseasonal, the fruit seemed appropriate for the forthcoming festive season. Besides, I had old apples. I had frozen cranberries. In Australia fresh cranberries are rare as hen’s teeth - these frozen ones were brought at Clifton Hill Foodworks and a product of Warren and Hutch, for those wondering where to get frozen cranberries in Melbourne.
The recipe looked like it needed spicing up. Another recipe gave me a few ideas but I underestimated just how sweet it would be. I am still unfamiliar with how tart fresh cranberries are and wasn’t sure if the sugar was needed for them. As it was, the sugar made the apples very sweet but this was partly offset by the sourness of the cranberries.
My mum enjoyed a taste so much that she went home with a jar of chutney. Now that is proof that it is not unbearably sweet. Like most chutneys it goes well with cheese in a sandwich. But next time I make it (if I am ever lucky enough to have frozen cranberries again) I will add more spices and less sugar. I am just thankful I forgot to halve the pepper when I halved the recipe.
I am happy to report that my pantry now has a good supply of chutney. Not only do I have the apple and cranberry chutney but I found a jar of tomato and currant relish that had been missing and I made a batch of apricot chutney this week. I feel more prepared for the festive season! Now if you will excuse me I might just have another nibble of bread with cheese and chutney.
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This time two years ago: Accolades and some random facts
This time three years ago: Swinging Pancakes
Apple and Cranberry Chutney
Adapted from BBC Good Food
makes about 3 small jars (I used 3 x 290g promite jars)
- 4 medium cooking apples, peeled and diced
- 1 medium eating apple, peeled and diced
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 25g of fresh ginger, finely grated (about 3 thumb sized pieces)
- 1 tsp peppercorns, ground
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 5 cloves, ground
- 1 cup sugar (about 220g - I would reduce this next time)
- ½ cup (125ml) cider vinegar
- 200-250g fresh cranberries (I only had 200g but would use more)
When cranberries go in the chutney, prepare your jars. I just pour hot water over mine but if you are more rigorous you could sterilise them in boiling water for about 10-15 minutes.
Spoon hot chutney into hot jars and screw lids on tightly to seal. The recipe says it keeps up to 6 months. I have eaten through almost a jar of the stuff in a week so mine wont keep that long.
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