There are so many varieties of apples which you can get all throughout the year which are used in many different ways in cooking and baking. I know of many houses who have apple trees growing in the garden and with the long summer we have had this year, it has been apples galore everywhere. Last night my husband brought home a bag full of cooking apples given to him by his work colleague and you may think why? Well a few years ago I sent a big jar of my apple chutney for him to share with his work colleagues and oh yes not to forget the cheese board and wine. Since then who ever has apple trees send me a huge bag full of apples and in return they get a variety of sweet treats made by myself. This recipe is so simple to make yet its bold and striking flavours will leave you wanting more. The beauty of this chutney is you can make a large batch and store it in a cool dry place for at least 3 months, also you can present it in a beautiful jar as a gift.
600 grams cooking apples ( make sure you peel and grate the apples before weighing them)
800 grams granulated sugar
1 tbsp oil
1 long piece of cinnamon stick broken up into small pieces approx 5-6 pieces
6 cardamom pods
1/2 tsp cardamom powder or crushed seeds
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
1 Tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 Tsp Clove powder
1/4 Tsp black pepper
1 Tsp heaped red chilli powder
1 Tsp heaped salt
1, In a deep pan heat the oil on medium heat, add the cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, cardamom seeds and cumin seeds.Once they start to crackle, add the grated apples and sugar and stir on medium heat till all the sugar is dissolved.
2. Stir in the cinnamon powder, clove powder and cardamom powder and bring to boil, this takes approx 8-10 mins on medium heat.
3. To test the chutney is cooked and ready to be taken off heat, place a small amount of chutney syrup in between thumb and index finger and when you pull it apart you should get a stringy consistency (see picture below). Once this is achieved you can turn off the heat, add salt, chilli powder and black pepper and stir.
4. Leave the chutney in the pot for a bout 5 mins, then quickly spoon into glass jars.
Finally enjoy this chutney either as an accompaniment to your meals, starters, snacks or cheese and crackers.