Apple chutney

This is a simple one… though much simpler if there’s a battery in your kitchen scales.


  • Apples – lots of them, mixed varieties from my parents garden. Approx 1kg.
  • 1 litre of apple cider vinegar
  • A lot of demerra sugar.Approx 1kg
  • 300 grams of mixed sultanas and raisins.
  • Four red onions
  • Four normal onions
  • Cinnamon
  • Smoked sweet paprika
  • A pinch of black pepper


  1. Partially caramelise the onions. Add in some smoked sweet paprika and cinnamon.
  2. Peel and dice your apples. Chunkier seems to work better.
  3. Get a large saucepan. Add your ingredients. All of them. Including extra spices.
  4. Bring slowly to the boil.
  5. Simmer for an hour. Stir as required.
  6. Strain off any excess fluid.
  7. Place chutney in to sterilised Kilner jars.
  8. Store for three weeks in a cool dark cupboard (not a fridge!)

    I’ll let you know how it tastes in three weeks!