Around this time of year, the apple trees are laden with juicy, lovely fruit, just waiting to be picked. A few years ago we lived in a house with a huge apple tree in the centre of the yard, and I learned to make apple-everything! I’ve missed this beautiful apple chutney since then, but where we live now the apple trees line a public walk way, free for anyone with a long enough arm to help themselves.
I’ve made a few batches of this apple chutney this year – with apples from a friend’s garden, actually – and it gets rave reviews every time. I core the apples too, but don’t peel them. If you do, however, sprinkle the skins with cinnamon and pop them in the dehydrator over night or a low oven for two hours for a lovely apple crispy snack.
Great with cheese and crackers, or mixed in with mince or other cooked meats, this is my favourite home made apple chutney.
- 5 green apples, cored
- 3 large tomatoes, quartered
- 2 large onions
- 5g fresh ginger
- 2 garlic cloves
- 80g raisins
- 30g orange juice
- 20g lemon juice
- 225g soft brown sugar
- 200g apple cider vinegar
- Chop the ingredients finely. (Chop lightly in a food processor if you can)
- Add the liquids and sugar into a pot and stir till the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Simmer on low heat for 2 hours.
- Pour into warm sterilised jars and keep for up to a year.
- Add the apples, tomatoes and onions to the Thermomix® and chop 10 seconds/speed 4
- Remove to a large container.
- Add the ginger and garlic to the Thermomix® and chop, 5 seconds/speed 8
- Add the raisins, orange juice, lemon juice, sugar and cook for 3 minutes/speed 3/ 90C
- Add the apple mix back to the Thermomix® with the apple cider vinegar
- Cook at Varoma temperature for 40 mins/REVERSE speed 2 without MC.
- If it's still too runny, do the same for another 20 minutes. Just keep an eye on it.
- When it's finished and looks like chutney, pour into sterilised jars.