Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Spicy Apple Chutney

This is one my most successful chutney recipes. The peeling and coreing of the apples is what takes the time, but otherwise, you just dump the ingredients together in a large saucepan and stir occasionally. The taste is quite strong, but the chutney goes with virtually everything and lasts forever.

1kg cooking apples (Granny Smith will do well)
2 large onions
2 chillies chopped
3 cups brown sugar
2t allspice
2t cloves
1t salt
½ t pepper
1t Cayenne pepper
2 t curry powder
2T chopped ginger
3 cups cider vinegar (don't use wine or spirit vinegar)

Peel, core and chop apples (you can whiz them in a blender). Peel and finely chop onions Place all ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan and bring the mixture to the boil. Cook over a medium heat for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon into sterilized jars and seal.


  1. I love spiced apple chutney.

    Quick question: why not use wine vinegar (I just made a batch doing precisely this... ooops!)


  2. No reason, I suppose - however, the cider vinegar is slightly milder (and apple!. I use it when I am cooking with apples just so as not to fonfuse the taste. Give it a try next time as see which you prefer - let me know!

  3. You seem pretty cool to me! Anyway, I'm going to pick apples today and try your recipe soon. Do you grind the allspice and cloves? Can I add more chopped chiles for an extra hot version? And...can I use any kind of chile? I'd love to get my hands on some scotch bonnet.


  4. I use ready ground allspice and cloves. And yes, add as many chillies as you like - I think you can use whatever kind of chilli you like. Remember, though, that there is some extra heat from the cayenne pepper - so exercise a little caution. I usually like chutney with quite a bite, bit in this case, I like the spicy taste, so I don't blast it with chilli.

  5. Thanks - I headed your advice - started the first batch with Jalapenos (2 large) and it was spicy, but not too, too spicy, so all the flavors mingled well.

    Also did a fine grind on the spices.