BRANDIED APPLE AND ONION CHUTNEY

  • 1 (2-inch) stick of cinnamon
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 12 peppercorns
  • 3 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 3 pounds of apples, peeled and chopped
  • 5 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 inches ginger, grated and peeled
  • 3 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup apple juice or cider
  • 12 allspice berries

Make a spice bag for the cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns. Add that to the apples and onions. Make sure the apple and onion pieces are cut large enough to give the sauce some body. Add everything else to the pot and simmer gently until the flavors meld and the sauce thickens. This will take at least an hour. Remove the spice bag and test for flavor. Believe it or not, topping a bowl of vanilla ice cream with the sauce is a good way to judge flavor. Follow the directions for canning jelly in your Ball Blue Book and process in 8-ounce jars for 10 minutes in a water bath canner.

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