1 December 2013

Cranberry and Apple Chutney

It's time to start thinking about christmas presents - one of my favourite things to do at christmas is make homemade gifts to wrap up and give either as individual presents or as part of a homemade hamper along with some homemade chocolate truffles. A nice idea is to make up a mix for some spiced gingerbread cake or chocolate cookies layering the dry ingredients in a jar along with a set of instructions as to how to bake them!
This chutney is very easy to make but has a good kick to it spiced with fresh root ginger and sharp cranberries. Store it in glass jars decorated with some festive ribbon- it will keep in the cupboard for up to 6 months. 


700g apples (weight once peeled and cored)
225g white onion, peeled and chopped
25g fresh root ginger, peel and chopped
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
200g caster sugar
50g light brown muscovado sugar
125ml cider vinegar
250g fresh cranberries


Peel and core your apples and chop into small pieces.

Add to a large saucepan along with the finely chopped onion, ginger, peppercorns, both sugars and the vinegar. 

Put the saucepan over a low heat and slowly bring to the boil. Once boiling, simmer uncovered for about 50 minutes until the apples and onions are soft and there is no watery liquid left. 

Add in the cranberries and cook for a further 10-15 minutes until the cranberries are soft but not burst. 

Then remove from the heat and spoon into some sterilised glass jars.
Note: I sterilise my jars by washing them thoroughly in hot soapy water and then drying them upside down on a baking tray at a low heat in the oven.

Seal and store in the cupboard for up to 6 months.  Chill once opened.


Adapted from: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/8028/apple-and-cranberry-chutney


  1. This looks delicious, home made gifts are always so thoughtful :)

    B xxx


    1. thanks bridget- I always think they make the best gifts and are the most rewarding to give:) xxx

  2. What a lovely festive homemade gift :)
    Thanksgiving dinner this weekend reminded me how awesome cranberries are
    x x

    1. ooohhh I wish I had a family who celebrated thanksgiving- another excuse for a big family festive meal:) xxx

  3. Love how you packaged these, lovely gifts!

  4. I love your easy mix recipe gift idea!! These look so beautiful!

    Katie <3

    1. Thanks Katie- I've seen the idea about a lot recently and they make such a good gift for those people who don't have time to weigh out all those ingredients etc! xx

  5. love your blog girl ! such a yummy recipes you have in your yummy blog :) xx

  6. I've never made my own Chutney.. looks so delicious and festive!
    Great for a gift, even though I'd probably just end up eating it all myself.

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  7. I'm making fudge this year as presents. I'm tempted to do the cookie mix idea next year! The flavours in this chutney sound brilliant; if only my friends would appreciate it! x


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It's really appreciated and lovely to hear some feedback. Katie x