A mild and fragrant tomato chutney which is delicious with a strong, crumbly cheese
- 1.5kg (3lb 6oz) ripe red tomatoes
- 2 medium Bramley apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 350g (12oz) red onions, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 medium red chilli, deseeded and chopped
- 50g (2oz) root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 tsp fennel seeds
- ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- 125g (4 ½ oz) soft light brown sugar
- 250ml (9fl oz) red wine vinegar
- sterilized jars
- vinegar proof lids
If you don’t like the taste of fennel then replace the seeds with the same quantity of celery or coriander seeds. If you like a spicier chutney then increase the quantity of chillies to your liking.
First skin the tomatoes. Lightly score the base of the tomatoes with a sharp knife and immerse in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and then peel. Halve the tomatoes and squeeze out most of the seeds and discard. Roughly chop the tomato flesh then place all the ingredients except the sugar and vinegar in a preserving or non corrosive pan and cook for 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Add the sugar and stir until dissolved then pour in the vinegar. Stir well then continue to cook for a further 40 minutes or until the chutney is thick and well reduced.
Remove from the heat and pot into hot sterilized jars and seal with vinegar proof lids. Store in a cool, dark place for a month before using.
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