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Christmas Chutney Recipe

If you are looking for an extra special chutney recipe this Christmas, this is it. It's packed full of festive flavours, and is something a little different to a shop bought offering.
how to make a christmas chutney

I've been making chutney with my nan since I was a little girl, it's a skill that's come in handy in my life as a pub landlady and wife to a cheese lover.

Every Christmas I make a batch of Christmas chutney to give to our closet friends and family, this year I wanted to make one with added festive flavours, and a little more fruit to make it a perfect companion to cheese and cold cuts a like.

Ingredients (makes 6 jars)

  • Two large Bradley Apple's chopped but not peeled
  • 150g dried cranberries
  • 150g dried figs (chopped)*
  • 200g dates (stoned and chopped)*
  • 200g grapes halved *
  • 175ml balsamic vinegar
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 75ml port
  • One tsp of cayenne pepper
  • One tsp of Ginger
  • One tsp of Cinnamon
  • Three ground cloves
Once you've chopped all your ingredients, place them in a large saucepan. Simmer for an hour and a half on a low heat.
How to make christmas chutney

Sterilise the jars and lids, by placing them in a hot oven for 5 minutes
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Spoon the mixture into the jars and allow to cool before screwing on lids.

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These jars of Christmas chutney make sweet gifts in hampers. They taste so good, a nice blend of tangy and sweet.
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You can make this Christmas chutney right up to Christmas eve, if you need a last minute gift idea, but I personally prefer to let the flavours mingle for a few weeks before hand.

If you prefer a hotter accompaniment to cold cuts of meat why not try my Christmas Piccalilli Recipe instead. Or make both and start a homemade foodie hamper for that special someone.

*feel free to supplement these for equal weight in other fresh dried fruit

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