Apple Chutney

27 Mar

This is a rather odd thing to make as I know, there are so many chutneys in shops that all look amazing, but oh my god, this stuff is amazing!! I fell in love with this chutney the first time I ever had and made it, it even made dates taste nice!!! This is honestly one of the easiest things I’ve ever made, and you don’t have to leave it sealed for any amount of time before eating!!

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Ingredients:
1kg Peeled and grated apples
35g Root ginger
35g Garlic
135g Chopped dried dates
135g Sultanas
170 Balsamic vinegar
1 1/2tsp Allspice
500g Caster sugar

Estimated time: 60 minutes

Directions:

This is a bore I know, but firstly you need to peel the apples. Once peeled cut them in half and then into quarters, now you can cut the core off easily 🙂 sadly now you have to grate them all, unless you have a snazzy electric grater! Don’t worry about the apples going brown, they’re going to be cooked in vinegar so they’ll be brown either way!!

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Once peeled and grated put the apple in a large pan along with the caster sugar. To this carefully pour the vinegar on top. Once all in give it a quick stir before gently heating on the hob. You don’t want to heat it to fast or it might stick, but you want it to eventually come to the boil.

While the chutney is heating up you can start on the garlic and ginger. Firstly peel the garlic cloves and chop the very top and bottom of them off, this will also make it easier to peel. Carefully slice the garlic cloves into slices, from here you can now cut them the other way and then finely dice it. You only need to roughly dice the garlic.

Now the ginger, same as the garlic, roughly peel the ginger as the skin will be woody in the chutney! Carefully slice and dice the ginger roughly and put it with the garlic. Now with a sharp knife you can go over them again making sure they’re chopped nice and small!

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If your dates aren’t pre chopped then I’m afraid you’ll need to chop them as well. These don’t have to be so small, just down the middle and into thirds will be fine, they’ll cook down as well.

By now the chutney should have come up to the boil, allow it to simmer for a few minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients. Pour in all of the chopped garlic and ginger, along with the sultanas, dates, allspice and the cider. Stir everything together so it’s well mixed.

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Allow this to simmer, stirring occasionally. The mix will seem quite watery at this stage, but slowly you will notice the liquid boiling off and it looking more like chutney. When the mix looks like chutney (I know that sounds vague, but you’ll know what I mean!) and there is a clear line left on the pan when you scrape a spoon along the bottom you can try a bit. Make sure you go for the apple to make sure that it is completely cooked.

Once cooked allow to cool before putting it into an airtight tub/jar or whatever you have handy. Cover with cling film if in a tub as it will help to prevent the chutney getting anything on it.

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And now enjoy, this is amazing stuff and goes with anything and pretty much everything!! I hope you love this as much as I do. Especially as it is so easy and to be honest quick to do!!!!!

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