I seem to have a small obsession with pickling at the moment. A neighbour gave me a bagful of windfall Apples so I had to find a recipe that required a load of Apples, and fast. A quick flick through my recipe books and I found this Apple & Plum Chutney – with the usual adjustment for Raisin haters.
Apple & Plum Chutney
75g Craisins (Dried Cranberries)
450g Brown Caster Sugar
570ml Cider Vinegar
450g Shallots (chopped)
2 teaspoons salt
quarter of a knuckle of fresh Ginger
1 teaspoon Cloves (ground)
1 teaspoon Allspice
1 teaspoon Ground Pepper
Stone the Plums and peel the Apples. Chop into small cubes. Place in a pan with the cider vinegar, Shallots, Craisins, salt and spices, ginger, salt and pepper.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Bring to the boil and simmer until the mixture has reduced to a thick, gloopy consistency. Mine took a few hours on a low heat.
Boil the jars and bottle. Then process (boil the full jar) for 30 mins. This recipe made four large, snap-shut jars.