Thursday, 3 November 2011

Lorraine Pascale's Apple, Blackberry and Cinnamon Chutney


A homemade jar of chutney is the perfect stocking filler, mainly because it's so personal and thoughtful. I thank once again Lorraine Pascale for this one, although I tweaked the recipe to suit. Instead of fresh blackberries I bought 500g frozen fruit and tipped those in instead. I roughly calculated the price of each jar and assuming you only have to buy the apples and berries, it costs about 68c per jar. Pretty up the jar as you please and I guarantee anyone you give these to will be touched by your personal touch.

Yield 5 x 454g jars

1kg Bramley apples, peeled, cored, cut into large chunks
300g Onions, peeled, thinly sliced
275g Granulated sugar
150ml Balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Ground cinnamon
Freshly ground black pepper
300-500g Blackberries (I used frozen Summer/Black forest Fruits)

Sterilise the jars by putting them into the dishwasher on the hottest cycle to wash and dry. Take them out when you are about ready to use them and don't touch any of the inside of the jars with your hands. (Alternatively, put the jars in a very large pan of boiling water. You will also need to sterilise the equipment you use to take the jars out of the pan.) Place the jars into the oven set at a low temperature until completely dry inside, also it prevents them from cracking when you pour in the hot chutney.
Put the apples, onions, sugar, balsamic vinegar, cinnamon and freshly ground black pepper into a large saucepan.

Place over a medium heat and gently stir together until well combined. Once the mixture has reached boiling point, turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 45–55 minutes, stirring occasionally. The apples and onions should become lovely and soft, and the liquid should be thick and syrupy. Add the blackberries/summer fruits and cook for a further 10–12 minutes. Spoon the chutney into a sterilised jug and fill the jars.

Seal and store in a dark place. The chutney will keep for up to four months.

I like to give this chutney with some cheese and cheese crackers, all wrapped up in clear Cellophane and a pretty christmas bow!

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