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Monday, 26 November 2012

Christmas Chutney & Oatcakes





A perfect Christmas Gift from the Kitchen. This is wonderful with Cheddar Cheese or Stilton accompanied by some home baked Oatcakes.
The slight hint of All Spice gives this chutney a warm taste of Christmas! 











 
Ingredients for the Chutney
225g Onions, chopped
900g Apples cored and chopped
110g Sultanas
1 Orange, zest and juice
5g All Spice
15g Coriander, ground
2tsp Mustard Seeds
15g Paprika
15g Salt
200g Sugar
150g Muscavado Sugar
420g Malt Vinegar

 

Put all ingredients into a large saucepan. Bring to boil until sugar has dissolved. Turn heat down and simmer for 2 hours. Occasionally stir to ensure the chutney does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

Meanwhile sterilise the jars. Wash them in hot soapy water, rinse and place them in a medium to low oven for 20 minutes. Spoon the warm chutney into the prepared jars and seal.

When the chutney is very thick and you can draw a spoon across the base of the pan so that it leaves a channel behind it without immediately filling up with liquid, it is finished.

The chutney should have several weeks of resting to develop its flavours, before it gets eaten.

 

 





Gift Idea

Add a personalised tag or label to the chutney with a note of serving suggestions –





This Sweet & Tangy Christmas Chutney
goes well with any Cheddar or Cheshire Cheese
as well as White Stilton

Wrap some oatcakes, gruyere cheese biscuits or any other savoury biscuits you like in greaseproof paper or cellophane and decorate with a Christmas ribbon.

To make this gift extra special, you could fill a board or basket with several different kinds of small pieces of cheese, add the wrapped biscuits and the jar of chutney. What could be better!?


Recipe for Oatcakes
150g medium oatmeal
100g plain flour
½tsp salt
1tbsp poppy seeds (optional)
150ml water75g melted butter
 
First of all if you can't find any oatmeal, like me, you can place rolled oats in a food processor and blitz until they resemble medium to fine breadcrumbs.
Mix together the oatmeal, flour, salt and seeds. Combine the water and butter and mix into the dry ingredients. Set aside for 10 minutes for the oatmeal to absorb the water.
Roll out to 3mm thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut into rounds or and transfer to a baking tray.
Bake for 20-24 minutes, or until just turning golden. Allow to cool on a wire rack.







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6 comments :

  1. Looks yummy! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
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  2. Always wanted to make chutney:) Your recipe looks delicious:) Pinned it! Stop by my post to From my front porch to yours http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2012/11/reversible-holiday-note-board.html Happy Holidays:)

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  3. Such a wonderful gift idea! I love it. Your blog is really nice Elisa!
    Have a great day,

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  4. The chutney looks good, but I really want to try those oat cakes. Thanks for sharing.
    Stephanie
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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  5. Ooh I bet the allspice makes that chutney delicious! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  6. Looks like something right out of a gourmet magazine. :D Thanks so much for sharing your tempting treat on BeColorful.
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