Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Give me chutney and I will give you Cheese

Making Chutney must be one of the most rewarding things to do in a kitchen. I get great joy when the chutney is made and is put away for a few months to mature. Finally the day arrives to open it up and see what it is like. I have yet to be disappointed. So here is a good simple recipe for your own. And by the way, this is the time of year to do it, good Irish apples are required.

1 kg of Irish apples
1 kg of ripe tomatoes
500g of finely chopped onion
3 cloves of garlic chopped finely
250g of sultanas
1 tblsp of mustard seed
500g of demerara sugar
25g salt
3 tsp of curry powder
pinch of cayenne
1 liter of malt vinegar

Peel and core the apples, slice and put in a stainless steel saucepan with a few drops of water, the peeled and slice tomatoes, chopped onion, garlic and sultanas. Add in the mustard seed tied up in a muslin bag. Stir in the salt, curry powder, cayenne and half the malt vinegar. Bring to the boil and simmer until soft, then add the sugar and the remaining vinegar and cook until smooth and thick. Remove the muslin bag and pot at once

Q. tip; try to resist the temptation of opening the chutney to early, the longer you keep it the better it is going to taste.

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