This is the Saucy Dressings go-to chutney…well, alright, it’s a dead heat between this, the white peach chutney, and the Christmasy mandarin and cranberry chutney. The other two go very well with cold meats, and this blackberry and apply chutney pairs perfectly with cheese.
It is dead easy to make, and the perfect thing to do with at least some of the annual glut.
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Blackberry and Apple Chutney
- 600g/1 lb 5 oz/ 6-8 apples
- 600g/1 lb 5 oz blackberries
- 240 ml/1 cup cider vinegar
- 190g/¾ cup soft brown sugar – or a little less if you have very ripe fruit
- 3 small onions or 2 medium ones, peeled and chopped
- 110g/⅔ cup raisins
- 110g/⅔ cup sultanas
- 2 fat cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed with 1 tsp textured salt
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp mace or ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tbps apple brandy or calvados (optional)
- Put the blackberries in a saucepan together with the vinegar for twenty minutes.
- Peel and core, and roughly chop, the apples. Crush the peeled garlic with the salt if you haven’t already done this.
- Rub the blackberries through a colander or a thick sieve, back into the saucepan – your aim is to remove the pips. Add the remaining ingredients. Cook gently until the mixture thickens – this will take about half an hour. You don’t want it too thick or it goes dry.
- Leave to cool a little and then pour into sterilised jars and cover.