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The Spicery's Countdown to Christmas!

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Written by Amy
Published on 28th August 2018 at 10:30 • No comments yet, be the first!

It's never too early to start preparing for the most wonderful time of the year! Count down the days till Christmas with us, by making (and enjoying!) one spicy Christmas treat each month, beginning in September through to December!

The recipes are designed to fit in with each month's needs - whether it's using up excess apples in your garden in September or giving your pears enough time in advance to pickle in November, or even fitting in some last minute baking in December on Christmas Eve! All you need is a handful of fresh ingredients and our special Countdown to Christmas spice blends, listed as a link in each recipe (some jolly Christmas tunes while cooking might not hurt either!).

So, what are you waiting for? Let the countdown to Christmas begin!

Boxing Day Chutney

There’s nothing like a good chutney to go with a Christmas cheese board. The key to making a quality chutney is a combination of the main ingredient with vinegar, salt, sometimes sugar and very often spices - which not only provide layers of flavour but also have strong antibacterial properties (helping them keep for many weeks and months!). This one is full of warming spices like cassia and mace and the flavour even improves over time.

    1 hour 15 minutes

  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Serves: 4

  • Heat rating:
  • Dietary: None

Ingredients

  • 400ml vinegar (white wine or cider vinegar is best)
  • 400g light brown sugar 
  • 1kg cooking apples - peeled and cut into chunks 
  • 1 large onion - finely chopped
  • 150g raisins, currants or sultanas

Spices

BOXING DAY CHUTNEY SPICES: Nigella seeds, ginger, cassia, coriander, cinnamon, mace, cloves, allspice, cayenne, bay PLEASE NOTE IF YOU'RE MAKING A BIGGER BATCH, YOU'LL NEED TO SCALE UP THE FRESH INGREDIENTS IN PROPORTION BUT THE SPICES ONLY BY 2/3 OR IT WILL BE TOO SPICY!

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 100 deg C / gas mark ¼ 
  2. Wash the jars and lids in warm soapy water, then place in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until dry to sterilise them
  3. Bring to the boil the vinegar, sugar, apples, onion, raisins and BOXING DAY CHUTNEY SPICES then turn the heat down and simmer uncovered for 1 hour or until the apples have broken down
  4. The chutney is ready when a spoon stirred through the centre leaves a clear trail for a couple of seconds
  5. Spoon into the sterilised jars and store in the fridge
  6. Great served with cheese and biscuits or cold cuts

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