We’re warming up for Christmas in a big way here at CK Towers, and in an attempt to be super organised and tick some gifts off our rather long list, this week we asked resident guest blogger Liv Purvis of What Olivia Did fame to rustle up a delicious edible gift recipe. And she didn’t disappoint, with a perfect make-ahead chutney.
Says she: “The joy of a good festive/autumnal chutney is that it’s something that can be prepared months before it’s needed, and it actually gets better with age. My favourite is this sweet and savoury, apple and pear chutney that’s really quick to throw together. It’s one of my nan’s recipes and has a little spicy twist to it, meaning it goes perfectly with cheese and crackers. The perfect mid-afternoon festive snack!”
Spiced Apple and Pear Chutney
Makes two small jars
250g Bramley cooking apples
250ml malt vinegar
60g light brown muscovado sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp black treacle
Pinch of salt
Chop the apples, pears and onion into 1cm cubes, and pop them in a saucepan with all the remaining ingredients. Simmer over a low heat for an hour. (Yup, it’s really that simple!)
Once the mixture has reduced, and you can scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon without seeing lots of liquid, you’re about ready! Leave the chutney to cool.
Once cooled, divide the chutney between two clean, sterilised jars. It’s easy to increase the quantities so you can make more jars of chutney…and save some for your own seasonal festivities!