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Easy apple and date chutney

Diana Henry / 15 October 2015

This is a very easy apple chutney that is sweetened with dates, so needs less added sugar.

Apple and date chutney
This easy apple chutney is sweetened with dates instead of sugar

Cooking time

3 hours


  • 1.5kg (3lb 5oz) cooking apples
  • 500g (1lb 2oz) onions
  • 500g (1lb 2oz) dates
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 2tsp ginger
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 300ml (10fl oz) malt vinegar
  • 250g (9oz) brown sugar


Roughly chop the cooking apples, onions and dates. 

Cook together in a preserving pan with the cinnamon, ginger salt and 150ml (5fl oz) of malt vinegar over a low heat for an hour. 

Add the brown sugar and the rest of the malt vinegar and continue to cook for a further 2 hours, until moist but still thick. 

Pot in sterilised jars.

For more great ways to preserve fruit and vegetables, see our selection of preserves, sauces and condiment recipes.


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