Apple and date chutney
As a rule, I am not a fan of chutneys as I find them too heavy and sweet but this one is a winner. It makes a great side to curries, cheeses, bean burgers and cold meats.
1.5kg apples, any variety, unpeeled 500g pitted dates 550g Demerara sugar 1/ 2 litre cider vinegar 100ml olive oil 1tbsp coriander seeds 1tbsp fennel seeds 2tbsp cumin seeds 1/ 4 teaspoon ground chilli powder 750g onions, peeled and finely sliced
500g carrots, grated 1 tbsp sea salt
1. Wash the apples, cut them into quarters and remove the cores, then chop each quarter into three chunks. 2. In a large bowl, mix the apples and dates with the sugar and vinegar and leave to sit for an hour. 3. Heat the oil in a pot large enough to take all of the mixture and, once its smoking, add the seeds and chilli powder. Fry for half a minute, stirring well, and then add the onions and fry for three minutes, stirring continuously. 4. Add the carrots and cook for a further
five minutes. 5. Add the fruit mixture and salt and slowly bring to the boil, stirring constantly. When it comes to the boil, turn the heat down to a rapid simmer and cook for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Make sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the pot to ensure that nothing sticks or burns. 6. Heat some glass or ceramic jars with hot water for a few minutes. Tip out the water and spoon in the chutney almost to the top. Screw on the lids and let the jars cool. 7. Store in the fridge or a cool dark cupboard, where the chutney will keep for a few months.