Plum and Chili Chutney


1.25kg ripe but firm plums, halved and stoned.

500g small cooking apples, cored and chopped

500g onions or shallots, chopped

2-3 large fresh red chillies, seeded and chopped

175g soft brown sugar

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp five-spice powder or ground allspice

¼ tsp ground cloves or 3 whole cloves crushed

¼ whole nutmeg, grated

¾ tbsp sea salt


  • Put everything into a large pan with 250ml water. Heat until the fruit begins to break down and soften. Simmer gently for 30 mins.
  • To sterilize the jars, wash thoroughly in hot soapy water. Rinse in hot water then put in the oven at 140C/fan 120C/gas 1 until dry.
  • Cool the chutney for 10 minutes then pot into the warm sterilized jars.
  • Enjoy your chutney! Perfect as a homemade gift.

Very tasty served with good strong cheddar or other firm cheese, good accompaniment with cold meats too.

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