The Best Chutney

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Recipe: Keren BobkerThe recipe makes a LOT and requires two large saucepans - so you could halve the quantities.

Fresh ingredients

  • 2lbs (900g) onions, sliced
  • 2lb Bramley cooking apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pkt fresh cranberries 12oz (340g)
  • 2 pints cider vinegar
  • Zest 2 oranges
  • 1oz (28g) fresh ginger chopped finely
  • 1tbsp coarse sea salt
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 100g sugar

Dried ingredients

  • 2lb naturally dried apricots coarsely chopped
  • 1 pkt of dates pitted and chopped (175g/6oz)
  • 1lb raisins
  • Juice of 8 oranges or 1pint orange juice.

You will also need:

  • 2lb (900g) English sugar (or more to taste)


  1. First, put the dried fruit into a bowl and pour the orange juice over it, to soak.
  2. Place the first block of ingredients (the fresh ingredients) into a saucepan and cook gently, until the onion is pale and see-through and the cranberries have given up some of their colour, turning the contents pale pink.
  3. Add the dried fruit - which will have absorbed much of the orange juice - to the saucepan, together with the sugar.
  4. Bring up to a simmering boil, stirring frequently so the contents don?t ?catch? on the bottom of the saucepan. Cook for approx 1 ½ hours, more if  it does no?t achieve the right looking consistency.

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