Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Ready for Christmas....this is my all time favourite chutney, I call it exotic apricot and date.  It has a very middle eastern type flavour and is totally yum on a cold plate with cheese and cold roast meats.
Chutneys are my most favourite preserve, there is so much room for imagination with endless combinations of fruits, vegetables and spices....I always double my recipe so I have plenty to share with friends and family.  This chutney stores and ages particularly well, if it lasts long enough!!!

Ingredients - all approximates
500 g dried apricots
1 cup water
500gm dates
1 1/2 cups sultanas
2 oranges (zest and juice)
1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tab chopped fresh or preserved ginger
1 tab salt
2 tab mustard seeds (black and yellow mix)
2 tab crushed coriander seeds
5 cloves
1 teasp chopped chilli

Finely slice the apricots, place in a saucepan and cover with water and leave to sit for an hour or so until they become soft.  Add the sultanas and vinegar and simmer for about 15 minutes, then add all the remaining ingredients, simmer until it thickens.  Keep stirring!  Add extra water or vinegar if needed.  Pour into sterilised jars with new lidsWater bath to seal and store in dark cupboard until ready to use. 
Once open store in the fridge.  ENJOY!

1 comment:

  1. Karen I am really enjoying reading your blog about your beautiful family. Reading your blogs today on your preserves and enjoying that. Happy Easter. Jean


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