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Spiced Fruit Chutney

Spiced Fruit Chutney


25 mins




2 x 400g


Spiced Fruit Chutney


Sweet-sharp and spicy, serve this chutney with all manner of dishes, from hot, sticky sausages to cold meats and charcuterie.

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Step 1

Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onions and cook them over a low heat for 15 minutes or until softened but not coloured, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Next, add the vinegar, Tate & Lyle Light Soft Brown Sugar, salt and all the dried fruits to the pan. Wrap the star anise, cardamom and allspice in the muslin or cloth, tie into a loose bag with string and add to the pan. Stir, bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, over a low heat for 50-60 minutes, stirring from time to time, but particularly towards the end of the cooking time when it’s more likely to stick. Stir in the port during the last 15 minutes

Step 4

The chutney is ready when the liquid has reduced and only a small amount of sticky syrup surrounds the fruit, as it will thicken as it cools. To check, draw a wooden spoon through the chutney where you should briefly be able to see the bottom of the pan. Chunks of fruit should still be discernible.

Step 5

Wash the jars in hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly, then dry them and their lids in a low oven for 10 minutes to sterilise them.


You will also need a small piece of muslin or a clean cloth, some string and 2 x 400g (14oz) jars.

Step 6

Discard the spice bag from the pan and fill the warm sterilised jars with the hot chutney. Seal immediately with a lid and leave to mature in a cool, dark place, ideally for up to one month, though it will easily last for a few months or more.


This chutney is also an excellent store cupboard standby for pepping up soups, adding zip and zing to meaty stews, curries or tagines, or spread on puff pastry squares, topped with cheese and baked to make a speedy tart.

Ingredients – 16 items



Fairtrade Light Brown Soft

Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Light Soft Brown Sugar

225 g

Sunflower oil

2 tbsp

Red onion

(peeled & roughly chopped)

225 g

Garlic clove

(peeled & crushed)



Finely chopped or stem ginger in syrup

2 tsp

Cider vinegar

310 ml

Sea salt flakes

25 g


Dried (quartered)

150 g


Pitted (roughly chopped)

150 g
Dried apricots


Dried (quartered)

110 g
Dried cranberries

Dried cranberries

75 g

Dried sour cherries

50 g

Star Anise


Cardamom pods

(lightly crushed)


Allspice berries

1 tbsp

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