Recipe: Spicy Apple Chutney
I love autumn in London. There’s the beauty of all the leaves changing colour, atmospheric misty mornings and still warmth in the sun when it pops out. September is often the best month, especially after we’ve had a particularly lacklustre summer like we’ve had this year.
And it’s apple time – particularly good when your neighbours have an extremely fruitful apple tree in their garden. Always love a bit of free food and they are positively begging me to come and help myself before all the fruit goes sadly to waste.
So I popped over for some pickings and it was time for some apple cooking. First up, this really easy spicy apple chutney. It goes beautifully with cheese and cold meats, spicing up sandwiches and to serve with curries. Well, it kind of goes with most things. I made quite a big batch and shared it out with my neighbours. Spreading a bit of tasty autumn cheer.
12 apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 dried red chillies
3 tbsps fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves of garlic
300ml cider vinegar
200g brown sugar
100g caster sugar
Half a tsp ground cardamom
Half a tsp ground cloves
Put all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, and cover.
Simmer for about an hour, stirring frequently, check that the apples are tender and the chutney is thickened. Keep an eye on it to make sure it’s not getting too dry and mix in some water if you need to keep it moist.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Ladle it into vacuum sealed jars and keep in the fridge until it is ready to serve.
What’s your favourite recipe using apples? These versatile fruits can be used in so many different ways. There’ll be more apple cooking coming soon so watch this space. And do let me have some of your favourites to try out for myself.