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Leiths Advent - DEC 22 - Christmas Spiced Apple, Orange and Date Chutney

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Leiths Advent - DEC 22 - Christmas Spiced Apple, Orange and Date Chutney

If you're in need of any last minute gifting, our spiced apple, orange and date chutney is quick and simple to make, and is sure to please your nearest and dearest.


1kg cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
500g onions, peeled and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 stick cinnamon
1 star anise
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 ½ tsp ground mixed spice
300ml cider vinegar
100g dried dates, chopped
170g soft light brown sugar
Zest and juice of 2 large oranges


  1. Put all the ingredients except the sugar, dates and orange zest into a saucepan and simmer gently, giving an occasional stir, for about 45 minutes or until soft and the liquid has almost evaporated.
  2. Add the sugar and chopped dates. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly, stirring until thick.
  4. Once off the heat remove the cinnamon stick and the star anise, add the zest and bottle or allow to cool and refrigerate.

Head to our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Cooking for all the culinary guidance you need before, during and after Christmas day.

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